Photos: Downtown Immigration Demonstration Leads to 14 Arrests
Fourteen demonstrators protesting Arizona's new immigration law were arrested outside a federal detention center in downtown this afternoon. The group, said to be from We Are All Arizona, set out to get their message across by intentionally blocking the street and getting arrested.
At 10 a.m., they began to protest, chaining themselves together with handcuffs that were covered in tubing. Fourteen of them laid down in the middle of Alameda Street outside the federal Metropolitan Detention Center.
"This is a scripted demonstration, they just want to get their message across," explained Officer Bruce Borihanh, a LAPD spokesperson. "We let them speak their voice, get their message across. Then we gave a lawful order to disperse because they are blocking traffic, it's a public safety hazard."