Springfield police arrest 15 anti-police protestors
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested and charged more than a dozen anti-police protesters with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after they blocked traffic at a major intersection.
The protesters, who were affiliated with the Black Lives Matter group formed after a string of police-involved shootings, accused police of racism and demanded swifter prosecutions of officers who kill black people, the Springfield Republican reports (http://bit.ly/1CXtChD).
Police say they were monitoring a protest of about 40 people at around 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday when 15 of individuals walked into the intersection at Sumner Avenue and Belmont Avenue with arms locked, blocking traffic in both directions.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and police asked the protesters to move to the sidewalk, but they refused. The protesters will be arraigned in Springfield District Court on Wednesday.