16 arrested during immigration protest in downtown Phoenix
PHOENIX — Sixteen people were arrested Friday night in a protest against immigration detention at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix.
Dozens of protesters were blocking Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix ahead of federal roundups expected Sunday.
Police arrested some of the protesters Friday after authorities warned that people would be subject to arrest if they stayed in the street and on the light rail tracks.
Fourteen people were arrested for unlawful assembly and obstructing a public thoroughfare, while two other suspects were booked for aggravated assault on a police officer, according to the Phoenix Police Department.
Protesters chanted against immigration detention under the Trump administration. Similar protests were held in other parts of the country.
Some stood in the street while others lined the sidewalk along Central Avenue. The protest disrupted road and light rail traffic.
According to authorities, the group dispersed around 11:00 p.m.
President Donald Trump says the roundups will begin Sunday.
Administration officials have said they’re targeting about 2,000 people in the national sweep, which would yield about 200 arrests based on previous crackdowns.
Roundups are not expected in Phoenix.