Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream Organizers before the Action
Tuesday over 100 people came out in Springfield MA to take part in the National Day of Action to Shut Shit Down. The demand was put out by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network to bring national attention back to the epidemic of police brutality and white supremacy. The Springfield action was organized by the Western Massachusetts chapter of Black Lives Matter, BLM413.
15 people were arrested in an act of civil disobedience to bring attention to police brutality in the streets and in the courtrooms.
The action was a success, and the street was effectively shut down for over a half hour. The courthouse was shut down in the morning and clogged up while the clerk had to process all 15 of those arrested.
Domenic Sarno, the mayor of Springfield came out to the protest and spoke briefly to police officers, before coming to demand that white organizers shut down the action. He did not at any point speak to Black organizers who initiated the protest.
Local community members joined the action and supported by putting their hands up, cheering, and joining the crowd.
All 15 people were released by 11:45pm on Tuesday evening and were arraigned Wednesday morning at 8am in Springfield District Court.
Upcoming court dates are set for May and the organizers are asking for court support. More media and info to come.
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