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RPD: More than a dozen arrested at Black Lives Matter protest

The protesters marched in the area of Washington Square Park, then blocked part of North Clinton Avenue next to Geva Theatre. (WHAM photo)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Black Lives Matter protest started around 4 p.m. in downtown Rochester Saturday.

The protesters marched in the area of Washington Square Park, then blocked part of North Clinton Avenue next to Geva Theatre.

Rochester Police blocked off portions of streets with vehicles in order for the protesters to march safely. A state police helicopter circled overhead as marchers made their way through downtown.

More than 100 protesters were speaking out against racial inequality and police brutality.

The protests started out peaceful , but police said they made 16 arrests. Each person was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, after officers said they failed to disperse when they blocked traffic.

The group said Black Lives Matter is not a moment but a movement. It's still unclear why the group chose to protest Saturday.


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