Brittany Martin

“Following the 2020 murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor citizens took to the streets to stand against police violence in America, in what became known as the “Summer of Protest” nationwide. In towns like Sumter, South Carolina – a majority Black city of 44,000 residents – the response followed suit. In one rally, nine protestors were arrested, including mother and local activist, Brittany Martin, who led the protest… Supporters say Martin, 32, was entitled to peaceably gather with friends and speak freely at the 2020 protest. However, a jury disagreed and considered Martin’s comments to be threats… Judge Kirk Griffin ordered a four-year jail sentence for Martin, who is three months pregnant.” Local organizations are supporting her and challenging her sentence and have a petition calling for her release.