Waterbury Police Arrest 28 People For Disorderly Conduct During Protest

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Waterbury police said they have arrested 28 people during the protest that took place Sunday afternoon.

Of the 28 protesters arrested, 18 were women, eight were men and two were juveniles, according to police.

Protesters with the Black Lives Matter Movement took to the streets to bring awareness to police brutality and the impact on the African American community.

An NBC Connecticut crew witnessed multiple people being detained in two different locations in Waterbury.

Protesters at the intersection of Wolcott Street and Long Hill Road and in front of the police station were seen being detained. 10 people were arrested at Wolcott Street and Long Hill Road and 18 people were later arrested in the area of 255 East Main Street, according to police.

The 28 protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer.

Officers had warned the crowd that those who remained in the street would be subject to arrest.

Some officers wore tactical gear and K-9’s were brought out.

Police said no demonstrators were injured and no private or public property was damaged.

One Waterbury police officer received a minor injury to a hand and elbow when assisting other officers to making an arrest, police said. This officer is expected to make a full recovery.

"The police department appreciates the efforts of the demonstration organizers and the vast majority of participants for conducting a peaceful, meaningful and important protest against the senseless the death of George Floyd, excessive police force and systemic racism in the country," Lieutenant David Silverio of Waterbury Police said.

Our NBC Connecticut crew has been following the group, which has been peacefully protesting and they have mostly been passionately chanting, including, ‘I can’t breathe’ and ‘No justice, no peace.’

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