Buffalo police arrest protesters



and good afternoon once again everyone we want to take you back out live in downtown Buffalo where police are now making arrests after these protests that have been going on a couple of hours you're not going to hear any of the audio here because we've heard some swearing at the scene but as you can see just seconds ago Buffalo police started to surround those who are sitting in the roadway at the corner of Chippewa and Delaware they are protesting planned raids with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and also they're protesting those detention camps that we've heard about along the southwest border with some horrible conditions for immigrants who are seeking asylum in this country we heard just moments ago they were singing some songs they are saying this is a peaceful protest but as you can see they are refusing to leave the intersection of Delaware and Chippewa and so as we look at these live pictures right now you can see Buffalo Police are physically arresting those who are gathered in the middle of the intersection this started early afternoon today we thought this protest was going to wrap up at about 1:30 and for a long time Buffalo Police were kind of letting this go on there was a strong police presence downtown but they weren't physically making anyone leave obviously this hit a point where Buffalo police felt like they could no longer allow these folks to illegally gather in the intersection there and so they are now arresting these folks it was just about 10-15 minutes ago that Buffalo police got over their intercoms and warned everyone there were giving you a few minutes you need to disperse or we're going to arrest you because you're in violation of the law and obviously as you can see those folks are still sitting there some of them resisting arrest right now as well they would say obviously that this is civil disobedience that this was a peaceful protest and that police are coming in and now using force for the arrests but Buffalo Police certainly gave them a warning that this is exactly what they were going to do our Dave McKinley is on the scene there he's been following this as well dave was telling us a short time ago about Buffalo Police kind of warning these folks that this was what was in the cards and a lot of the people there saying that they're trying to make a point they're trying to draw attention to what they believe are human rights violations committed by our government and so that's why these folks are still there as we look this man being arrested right now the crowd was larger earlier in the afternoon but now that this has gone on more than two hours some people in the crowd had left but it was really these folks who were right there in the middle of the intersection who are drawing the most attention from Buffalo police they've had to shut down about six blocks of Delaware it's been like that for more than two hours now this obviously having an impact on pedestrians also car traffic throughout downtown Buffalo you can see on the left side of your screen there that is a shot from our downtown tower cam kind of giving you a sense of the crowd again earlier the crowd was a little larger in addition to the folks who were sitting on the ground in the middle of the intersection you also had a lot of protesters who were kind of walking circles around the intersection there some people maybe an hour ago we saw a significant number of people leaving that protest but it was these folks who are sitting on the ground there who are refusing to leave and again you're not hearing the audio here just because we were hearing some swearing earlier but you can see some of these protesters not happy that they are being physically dragged out of that intersection this is a story obviously that continues to develop there is a huge police presence there you can see they're carrying their batons they had set up in kind of a an aggressive posture probably 10 or 15 minutes ago as they warned these protesters that they were going to start making some arrests and then they kind of marched forward this is why we were in dr. Phil programing police kind of marched and they circled around the protesters before then going right now one by one to make these arrests now we've seen situations like this happen around the country we haven't seen a lot of this in Buffalo but especially some of the protests that have followed police involved shootings we've watched the pictures there and there is a systematic approach that police take when they are arresting these protesters they surround the group as you can see as we look back here to make sure that no one starts to charge at them or no one who is also in the vicinity there interrupts as they effectuate these arrests and then it is another group of officers that kind of go one by one and make these arrests and so Buffalo police have probably arrested about a half dozen people it looks like maybe a couple more remained there but their goal as they announced to the crowd was that they were going to go in they were gonna make these arrests that they've allowed this protest to go on long enough and that they plan to reopen the roadway and reopen the intersection a little bit more of a crowd seems to have gathered there now that police are making the arrests and now you can see an officer kind of talking to one of the protesters there if you talk to police officers they trained for situations like this but really the last thing they want to do is come in and have to physically arrest people sometimes tensions can get very high in situations like this this as you can see an older lady being now taken away from the middle of the intersection there they have handcuffed her and we saw that they were bringing up what they call a paddy wagon they drove that up about 20 minutes ago it's nearby that's what they will put them in they'll presumably be taken to Buffalo Police central booking where they will be charged with a crime here as they've been arrested in the intersection I believe this is the last protester or perhaps one more this one not being taken away with without a struggle it was probably between a half-dozen and a dozen protesters who were in the middle of the intersection who are of most concern to police right now because the other folks were mostly on the sidewalks a lot of them probably watching the commotion that was going on but it was these folks who were right in the middle of the intersection who were keeping traffic from going by there and that is why Buffalo Police have decided to now come in and arrest them and I believe this is the last person that they are now taking into police custody right before officers went out and started making these arrests we heard the chants and the songs of the protesters get a little bit louder again they're pointing out that they are peaceful protesters they said we will not go but obviously as we can see now as this last protester is taken away they were unsuccessful in that effort because they have now been arrested as these protests continue in downtown Buffalo just to bring you up-to-date if you're just now joining us this protest started a little after noon today there was a larger crowd there at the corner of Chippewa and Delaware early in the after there were some folks who will be sitting in the middle of the intersection there were others who were circling around the intersection there trying to draw attention to us Immigration and Customs Enforcement ice which has an office there at that intersection there are some raids that are planned for this weekend around the country these protesters aren't happy about that they're also upset about the conditions at some immigrant detention centers in the southwest part of the United States we've heard reports over the past few days of some children saying they were retaliated against when they complained about the conditions one child actually saying that she was abused by an agent or an officer at one of those detention centers and so the goal of these protesters was to draw attention to that it appears now as we look at these live pictures I'm going to bring in my colleague Steve Brown it looks Steve like all of the protesters from the middle of that intersection have been arrested yeah and here's the thing that police have to keep in mind the entire time that they're doing these things is they have to act by their protocols their training but they also have to be mindful of and you can see this as you're as you're looking on camera that every movement that they make in this situation is going to be documented not necessarily by somebody who might be friendly to them who might be critical of how it is that they're operating so they have to really mind their P's and Q's make sure that they're doing things according to their training according to what it is police procedure is in these particular situations no one wants to see anyone get hurt protesting in America is almost your birthright I mean you can go out and and have heavier say it's it's part of the the wonderful thing about this country but when protests start interfering with what is called governmental in administration which is likely what these folks might get charged with then police have to step in and say hi yeah you have a right to demonstrate but you're not they're right to demonstrate and hold up traffic there was clearly a point at which Buffalo Police decided this has gone on long enough yeah I mean they've been out there for a while I was out there and took a look at it because this is is Michaels probably already identified this is just a half a block from where of a front door of our station is so I went down and took a look at this and they've been out there for a while and police I think would have exercised a great deal of patience here in allowing them to do what it is that they set out to do which is make a statement about the political position that they wanted to talk about and draw attention to it they've successfully done it cuz hey look we're on live TV talking about it right here and now but at a certain point police have to make a measurement as to how they're going to go forward with this because we're now starting to head towards later afternoon they're going to be some large offices and businesses that are going to start exiting the city this is a major thoroughfare both in and out of the city so you're going to need to start thinking about whether or not they're going to take action and I saw on Twitter a bunch of folks a number of folks who from different news organizations here in town talking about how the size of the protest seemingly got smaller I can tell you from having talked with people who've been involved in these kind of protests before that certain numbers of them have already self-identified as saying I'm getting arrested today and some will not so there will be a large larger group that will be there in order to kind of draw attention you know chant make some noise hold some signs get some media coverage but there will be a core group of those that will stick behind to make sure that only you know some of those folks end up getting arrested and in some certain circumstances this is all draw all planned out well in advance executed yeah so you can see here we have channel twos Dave McKean Lee who's at the same Dave I hope you could hear me right now we've had the audio down since we came back on the air of this most recent time due to some swearing tell us what you've seen and what you more specifically heard there at the scene over the past few minutes well Michael I could tell you as far as swearing there wasn't a lot of it there was a little bit of jeering from some members of the crowd directed toward these officers who were directed to come in and as you saw live removed the demonstrators who had assembled in the middle of the street they were acting them saying things like quit your job you should be ashamed and will be back was the last chant they let out but at this point I've got to say it went off rather peacefully we didn't see any incidents you saw live on air and you described Michael or one man who who yeah I heard you turd used the term resisting he did put up a little bit more of a struggle against the police when they came to move him in then the others did he was not exactly compliant but this demonstration began at noon we were told that it was going to wrap up at 1:30 and maybe that was what city officials were under the impression of as well but as time went on as an hour went on and about 2:30 a loudspeaker came on these officers were assembled and these demonstrators were warned they had five minutes to leave peaceably or they could face arrest and removal and even they used a technical term the use of dispersing agents which we would assume to mean teargas and other methods such as that that never came into play here because five minutes later in fact at 2:36 p.m. at the first of the officers moved in precision-like surrounded the demonstrators and then began to remove them one by one using the plastic zip ties around their wrists and taking them to a waiting vehicle where they will assume ibly be processed after their arrest Michael all right Dave McKinley reporting live at the scene there and we're gonna return you to programming in just a second before we do Steve let me ask you cuz you were down there because I think this is important there was reporting earlier today that protesters plan to be back out during this evening perhaps when some people got off work they would be able to have a larger crowd perhaps they wanted to disrupt the evening commute we had heard that that may be happening five or six o'clock did you hear about that is that the plan as far as when you were at the scene earlier I did not but I will tell you this that if they're planning on disrupting that's the window which you want to do that between four and six o'clock that's when you know we don't have a great deal of traffic compared to other major metropolitan areas around but that is the area those are the main thoroughfares that head you out towards the 33 area head you toward 33 head you towards the 190 head you towards a Skyway yep so those are the ways in which you could if you were out to disrupt that would be a way to disrupt and we heard them chanting will be back and so presumably some people do plan to continue the protests we are just now hearing that at least parts of Delaware are reopening although you can see Buffalo police this is Chippewa so Chippewa right now appears to still be closed at least at the intersection of Delaware but we are now seeing car traffic being reopened to Delaware which was certainly the goal of Buffalo Police here after more than two and a half hours of Delaware Avenue being closed police went in they arrested we believe between a half dozen and a dozen people some of them putting up a little bit of a fight others succumbing to the arrest pretty peacefully but this obviously is a story that we will continue to follow we'll have constant coverage on wgr c-calm and on our app as the scene is now getting a little bit back to normal here at the intersection of Chippewa and Delaware in downtown Buffalo we'll have a full recap of what's happened today and more of the day's news and your forecast when we see you for most Buffalo at four o'clock a little over an hour from now we are going to return you to regular programming you've been watching this – on your side breaking news coverage have a good day everybody