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Protesters tell police ‘they wished to be arrested’ at State House demonstration, they were

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(courtesy State Police/MGN-Online) (courtesy State Police/MGN-Online)

Over a dozen people were arrested in Boston Monday evening following a demonstration in support of drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants.

David Procopio, with the Massachsetts State Police, told Western Mass News that 16 people were arrested in total, 13 women and 3 men.

After multiple requests to disperse from State Police, Procopio said the protesters told troopers on scene that, “they wished to be arrested.”

Procopio added that officers offered the demonstrators a summons to court on trespassing charges instead of an arrest if they would leave.

The protesters refused.

Shortly before 7 p.m., nearly 4 hours after they arrived, the 16 protesters were arrested without incident. They will appear in Boston Municipal Court on dates issued to them by police.

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