CPD: 16 Poor People Campaign protesters arrested, unlawfully assembled in street


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- According to the Columbia Police Department, a total of 16 protesters have been charged with pedestrian unlawfully in the roadway.

Officers say protesters from The Poor People’s Campaign unlawfully assembled a protest on Senate and Sumter Street after a peaceful assembly at the State House.

Protesters were given three lawful orders which were ignored before they were arrested for disobedience, police say.

Several officers are on standby continuing to monitor the situation.

Chief Holbrook & members of the department's Command Staff met with protest organizers last week to discuss their plans. On Monday, organizers thanked police for being professional and “not being the enemy.”

According to their website, The Poor People's Campaign is a national call for moral revival to unite citizens across the country and challenge the evils of systematic racism, poverty, the war on economics, ecological devastation and the nation's distorted mortality.

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