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15 protesters arrested for blocking Springfield streets

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Mug shots of Catherine Woolner, Holly Richardson and Maureen Briggs-Carrington. (Source: SPD) Mug shots of Catherine Woolner, Holly Richardson and Maureen Briggs-Carrington. (Source: SPD)
Mug shots of Ashley Gadson, Shana Nunez and Vanessa Lynch. (Source: SPD) Mug shots of Ashley Gadson, Shana Nunez and Vanessa Lynch. (Source: SPD)
Mug shots of Jozlyn M. Squaire, Emily Douglass and Ellen Graves. (Source: SPD) Mug shots of Jozlyn M. Squaire, Emily Douglass and Ellen Graves. (Source: SPD)
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Roads in the area of the ‘X' in Springfield were blocked by protesters while schools were getting out for the day.

A “Black Lives Matter” protest broke out along Dickinson Street, Belmont Avenue, and Sumner Avenue around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney said the 15 of the protesters proceeded to walk into the middle of the “X” and lock arms while they blocked traffic in both directions. There was sufficient police presence to divert traffic around the “X”.

Police asked the protesters to get out of the roadway and advised them to peacefully protest on the sidewalks. After the individuals refused to cooperate with police, officers began making arrests.

“If an ambulance or fire truck had to be re-routed it could take valuable lifesaving minutes away from those emergency responding vehicles,” Delaney said.

The following 15 people were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest:

  • Ashley Gadson, 24, of Wilbraham Road, Springfield
  • Shana Nunez, 22, of Beaumont Street, Springfield
  • Vanessa Lynch, 23, of West Street, Northampton
  • Jozlyn M. Squaire, 21, of Newland Street, Springfield
  • Tianna Thomas, 21, of Quincy Street, Springfield
  • Frank Cincotta, 24, of Maple Street, Springfield
  • Kwamel Joselyn, 20, of Euclid Avenue, Springfield
  • George Esworthy, 67, of Ashfield Street, Shelburne Falls
  • George Aguiar, 58, of Three Rivers Road, Palmer
  • Matthew Cohen, 31, of Second Street, Turners Falls
  • Maureen Briggs-Carrington, 63, of X Street, Turners Falls
  • Catherine Woolner, 64, of Limden Avenue, Northfield
  • Emily Douglass, 30, of Second Street, Turners Falls
  • Holly Richardson, 50, of North Main Street, Florence
  • Ellen Graves, 74, of Plateau Circle, West Springfield

The scene had cleared up by about 3:30 p.m.

At least 40 Springfield police officers from specialty units were on scene in addition to state police, and Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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