PORTLAND, Maine: Eighteen people were arrested at a Black Lives Matter protest on Friday night. Most of the protesters were white people.
The group, Portland Racial Justice Congress had three major demands for Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck; acknowledge the nation-wide tensions between police officers and people of color, promise that officers would reach out and assure the people of Portland that police violence seen lately in other parts of the country would not happen here, and that officers start wearing body cameras while on duty.
Those demands were the basis of what turned a peaceful protest into a disruptive one, after 18 people were arrested for obstructing a public way, on Commercial Street. At one point, the group attempted to block a car by linking arms. They pushed against the vehicle, as it tried to drive down Commercial Street. That’s when police stepped in.
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