(baltimoresun) #Baltimore police arrested at least 12 protesters who occupied City Hall overnight, hours after a City Council committee approved the permanent appointment of interim #BaltimorePolice Commissioner #KevinDavis on Wed.
Dozens of #protesters remained on the balcony overlooking the hearing room after the meeting finished. About 30 were still there after midnight.
About 3:15 a.m. many of the remaining protesters left City Hall saying that dozens of officers had appeared in the hallway near the room where they were located with flex-cuffs. Officers warned that City Hall was closed and arrests would be made, protesters said.
Lawrence Grand Pre, one of the protesters who left, said those remaining were "young people being young people, and talking a lot about social justice.” He said watching the youth protesters' "level of commitment to social justice is empowering." At about 4:45 a.m. at least 12 protesters who remained inside had been arrested, and officers escorted them outside to police vans.
As she was being placed in back of the police van, one protester yelled "Ay yo commissioner, what's good?" She also yelled to other protesters that if she died in police custody it was not suicide.
Many of the protesters were teenagers — some of them high school students. City schools are closed Thursday and Friday, scheduled professional development days for teachers.
The exact number of those arrested was not immediately clear.
Baltimore Police said that after “hours of communication and warnings, a small number of protesters inside of City Hall decided to leave the building.” The remaining protesters were arrested and charged with trespassing, police said, adding there were no reported injuries to any protesters or officers.
Earlier Wed. night the committee meeting drew a large crowd — with supporters praising Davis’ approach to policing and others criticizing his brief tenure at the helm of the department. #baltimoreuprising