BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Numerous protesters at Niagara Square were arrested Tuesday night after announcing plans to stay there and demand the release of Deyanna Davis.
Davis was accused of driving the SUV that struck law enforcement officers during a protest earlier this month.
Buffalo police say there have been numerous complaints of people vandalizing property, sleeping overnight in Niagara Square, creating unsanitary conditions, threatening the public and bathing in the McKinley monument.
After repeatedly being asked to leave, police arrested 13 people who refused the officers’ commands. They were all charged with obstruction of governmental administration, being in a park after 10 p.m. and sleeping in the park.
They were issued court appearance tickets.
During the arrests, police confiscated a sword. The city’s Department of Public Works and Mayor Byron Brown’s Impact team removed the garbage, graffiti and other items left there.