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Police brutality protesters arrested for blocking train

LOS ANGELES — About 15 people protesting police brutality were arrested April 14 for failing to heed a police dispersal order near downtown Los Angeles.

About 100 demonstrators gathered at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters in the early afternoon as part of a multi-city protest staged by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.

The protesters then marched south until getting to Washington Boulevard where they decided to block the Blue Line train and car traffic as a way to draw attention to their cause.

At Broadway and Washington Boulevard several protesters sat down on the tracks as Blue Line trains approached from both directions during rush hour traffic about 5 p.m.

Once police gave a dispersal order, the number of demonstrators on the tracks decreased, but several remained on the tracks.

The protest disrupted Blue Line service for about 90 minutes.

Many Blue Line passengers said they understand the opposition to police brutality, but one who was on his way to work was about an hour late, and two women coming home from work said they didn’t like being inconvenienced and just wanted to get home.

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network staged similar protests in New York, St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago and elsewhere across the country.

According to the group’s website, the protests were staged because “the relentless murders of innocent human beings is intolerable.”