For Immediate Release
November 21, 2013
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BROCKPORT, NY—Arthur Brooks, IV, a junior communication major at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, will debut a documentary Nov. 23 that examines the controversial arrest of Rochester’s Benny Warr.
Brooks’ film, “I Declare War,” will be screened at 11 am at the Phillis Wheatley Community Library, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way, in the City of Rochester. The event will also feature a community discussion about the film.
The film focuses on the Warr family’s experience following the arrest of Benny Warr, 52, by the Rochester Police Department for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Warr is a paraplegic and claims he was sitting in his motorized medical scooter waiting for a bus when police assaulted him. The officers involved have claimed that Warr swore at them and swung his arms in an attempt to strike them. The film also covers the response to the incident by ‘Enough is Enough,’ a group created in support of Benny Warr that denounces police brutality.
Brooks, who described the film as unbiased, created the documentary as a Brockport Independent Study project. Those who attend the screening are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, gently used clothing, or blankets that will be donated to the Volunteers of America.
Brooks is a Rochester native and a 2011 graduate of Edison Technical Occupational Education Center.
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