15 people arrested in 'Occupy Philly' protests

PHILADELPHIA - October 23, 2011

Deputy Commissioner William Blackburn says a group had marched Saturday from the Occupy Philadelphia encampment outside City Hall to police headquarters to protest alleged police brutality across the nation.

Protesters say the group gathered on the sidewalk across the street, and after several hours police closed the road and asked them to move.

Police say about 20 to 30 people moved into the middle of the blocked-off street and remained there until about noon Sunday, ignoring requests to disperse.

Blackburn said police then arrested 15 people on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a highway. A few dozen protesters remained on the sidewalk in the area.

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