HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–About 100 protesters showed their support for the “Black Lives Matter” movement on Monday in Hartford, blocking off traffic in front of the Old Statehouse on Central Row for over a half an hour.
The protest, which was organized by a group of ministers, began around 5 p.m. near the central downtown area at the corner of Market and State streets. It caused major traffic delays as people were just getting out from work and entering into rush hour traffic in the busy downtown area.
About 20 of the protesters joined hands and stretched across the street at one point. The street was shut down for about half an hour, at the least, according to News 8’s Mark Davis.
17 of the protesters were immediately arrested by a contingent of Hartford police.
Community organizer Derek Hall explained the protest to News 8:
“It’s really important to us that we start to protest police brutality that happens in our communities, mainly because it negatively impacts people like myself,” Hall said. “Young black men from urban areas. It is historic. This is not new. Black men have been hunted by police and treated unfairly, and we have to do something about it now.”