Press Conference in Lynchburg About Levon DeShawn Martin's Death

Update 6:30 p.m.:

Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg Mayor Michael Gillette and Vice Mayor Ceasor Johnson held a press conference earlier Friday afternoon in City Council Chambers to issue a public statement regarding the death of Levon DeShawn Martin.

Developments in the investigation into Martin's death have revealed that no taser was used Tuesday night when he collapsed while in custody of Lynchburg Police.

During the press conference, the mayor said he did not want this week to end without expressing his condolences and assured the public that a proper investigation is being conducted by state police.

Police approached Martin Tuesday night. He collapsed soon after and was pronounced dead at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The family says he died from cardiac arrest.

The White Rock community that witnessed this bizarre incident repeatedly told city officials that they are angry with the way police handled Martin, and had it not been for that night, he may still be alive.

The mayor and vice mayor say that some sort of discussion needs to occur between police and members of that community move forward from this tragedy.

"This is an ongoing issue and I think it would be a mistake for us to think that we only respond when there's an event. We need to be committed to the idea that as a community, we should have a continual process for improving the way people feel about our community," said Mayor Mike Gillettte.

JOhnson made sure to ask all those mourning the loss of Martin to continue with their demonstrations peacefully.


Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg leaders and officials are scheduled to hold a press conference in Lynchburg Friday evening.

Mayor Mike Gillette and Vice Mayor Ceasor Johnson have scheduled the press conference at 5:15 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

They are going to issue a statement about the death of Levon DeShawn Martin earlier this week.

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