Occupy ICE protesters arrested by Louisville police

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police have cleared the scene of a protest that blocked elevators in a Kentucky building that houses an immigration court.

The group Occupy ICE Louisville says a group of people went into the building in downtown Louisville on Thursday morning to protest the separation of immigrant families. The protesters linked their arms together inside plastic tubes.

A large number of police outside the building dispersed just before noon as the protesters were taken away in a paddy wagon.

Media reports say nine people were arrested at the scene and charged with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor.

Last week police took down an encampment where the group had been staying overnight outside a federal building since July 2. On Thursday, the group set up a new camp outside another federal building, but news outlets reported police soon made protesters take down their tents, saying they were violating a local camping ordinance.