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:
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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