Phoenix police arrest 12 people following downtown demonstrations
PHOENIX — Phoenix police announced 12 people were arrested Friday night following social injustice demonstrations in downtown Phoenix.
After speeches at the Civic Plaza, the majority of participants marched peacefully downtown. A handful of protesters marched to Phoenix police headquarters where some people began to block the roadway and some laid down, refusing to move, Phoenix police Sergeant Ann Justus said in an e-mail.
The road was down as a result. The people were given multiple orders to get out of the roadway, but they ignored the order, police said.
Police arrested the following people on charges of obstructing a thoroughfare: 23-year-old Victor Feliciano Romero, 27-year-old Orlando Espino, 19-year-old Ethan Replogle, 25-year-old Sean Gibbons, 24-year-old Kendryck Rand, 28-year-old Kimberlee Adkins, 23-year-old Rilee Webb, 29-year-old Samuel Merten and 31-year-old Christopher Johnson.
Jennifer Derby, 52, was arrested on charges of obstructing a thoroughfare during Friday’s demonstrations and for doing the same during a prior incident.
Makayla Kellor, 21, was arrested on charges of obstructing a thoroughfare and resisting arrest. She was also arrested on charges of unlawful assembly and riot from a prior incident.
Leslie Ott, 34, was arrested on charges of obstructing a thoroughfare, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest.
Protests have taken place in the metro Phoenix area this week calling for social justice in response to Jacob Blake, a black man who was shot by police while trying to enter his vehicle in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Phoenix police said no munitions were used and there were no injuries reported.