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Yilmaz was arrested late Jan. 13 and charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault. He’s been fired from his job at Pizza Milano. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 25.

“I believe that his actions were unjustified, given my client’s conduct at the time of this occurrence,” said Todd J. Hollis, the attorney representing Martin. “I stand with my client, and her family…I’m extremely gratified by the level of cooperation that I’ve seen in our community. I appreciate the comments and sentiments of our mayor, and most importantly, any acts of aggression or violence towards members of our African American community, particularly female members, cannot be tolerated.”

“Ms. Martin is gratified by the community support, she is certainly traumatized by the moment. It’s her hope that there can be a successful resolution to this criminal process, and at its conclusion, she’ll evalute where she stands and how we move forward.”

TODD J. HOLLIS

Attorney for Jade Martin

Mayor Bill Peduto released a statement early Jan. 14 condemning the actions on the video. “I want to thank the community for their assistance in the investigation, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for their hard work throughout the day. It is my sincere hope that these charges are another step in sending a very clear signal that Pittsburgh will not tolerate violence against women and that we will work as a community to protect all women, and notably African American women, from physical and emotional violence.”

As of now, Martin is charged with defiant trespass and disorderly conduct. “Ms. Martin is gratified by the community support, she is certainly traumatized by the moment,” Hollis told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview, Jan. 16. “It’s her hope that there can be a successful resolution to this criminal process, and at its conclusion, she’ll evaluate where she stands and how we move forward.”

 

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