Statement on Protester Arrests at Transportation Building in Boston

Massachusetts State Police — 06092014 — Statement on Protester Arrests

 

This afternoon State Police responded to the Transportation Building at 10 Park Plaza, Boston, where a group of protesters had gathered on the fourth floor, the location of state Department of Transportation offices. After the group discussed their concerns with DOT officials, many of the protesters refused to leave. State Police officials had several discussions with the remaining protesters, repeatedly encouraging them to disperse. Furthermore, the group was warned that they would be arrested if they did not leave.  Shortly after 7 p.m., more than two hours after the offices closed for the day, troopers peacefully arrested 11 adult females and 10 adult males and charged them with trespassing. The arrests were made without incident. Most, if not all, of those arrested were young adults.

 

The female defendants were transported to the Boston-Lower Basin Barracks for booking, the males to the South Boston Barracks. Provided that none of them have outstanding warrants, all are expected to be released tonight on personal recognizance (plus a $40 bail fee) pending their appearance at a future date in the Boston Municipal Court.

 

The State Police acknowledge and respect the right of the public to peacefully assemble.  Once the demonstrators had their opportunity to speak their concerns, and the offices closed for the day, their continued presence on the fourth floor constituted trespassing.

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–Dave Procopio

Spokesperson

Massachusetts State Police