4 demonstrators at Worcester police protest face charges
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Worcester police have issued court summonses to four protesters who blocked traffic in the city’s Kelley Square during a “Black Lives Matter” rally in January.
The demonstrators were protesting police killings of black men, including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York. Police say the four people are being charged with being disorderly and disturbing the peace.
The four protesters are Worcester residents Robert Blackwell Gibbs, Julius Jones, Kevin Ksen and Sonya Conner. They were among about 30 to 40 demonstrators who took part in the 4½-minute protest, sang a song and blocked traffic.
Blackwell Gibbs told The Telegram & Gazette that the summonses are an attempt by city government and police to repress the protest movement and silence demonstrators.