May 15, 2018

Indianapolis Police Arrest Protesters Blocking Traffic

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police arrested several people who blocked a street outside the Statehouse Monday afternoon as part of a nonviolent protest against poverty, racism and other issues.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says officers responded around 3 p.m. to a call of about 50 people blocking the north and southbound lanes of Capitol Avenue. The protesters were members of the Indiana Poor People's Campaign. 

IMPD says 14 people were arrested for obstruction of traffic after ignoring repeated requests to move out of the street. Police made scores of similar arrests in Missouri, North Carolina and Washington, D.C.

The Indiana's Poor People Campaign is a state version of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. It's also a renewed version of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign five decades ago to lift Americans out of poverty. Protest and events were planned in at least 30 states and the nation's capital on Monday.

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