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Protesters arrested after blocking State Street in downtown Rockford

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Multiple protesters are arrested in downtown Rockford near the City Market pavilion after blocking State Street during demonstrations Friday evening.

According to 13 WREX archives, this is the first time protesters have been arrested during nonviolent demonstrations.

Friday evenings in downtown Rockford are typically bustling with the family friendly City Market event. But the downtown festival was canceled this Friday evening after organizers of frequent protests said they would continue to be down at the market. City Market officials say they made the decision out of caution and concern for safety.

But the group loosely associated with Rockford Youth Abolitionists and the May 30th Alliance said they would still be in the city's downtown to continue its calls for the end of police brutality and racism.

Previously when the group would block busy intersections, like it did several evenings in June, police did not intervene. It is not clear what protesters have been charged with, and a police arrest log has not been updated.

By about 7:30 p.m. Friday, the crown had dispersed and State Street was open.

13 WREX will update this article as more information becomes available.

Audrey Moon

Audrey is the news director at 13 WREX. She’s a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and joined the team at 13 WREX in 2014.

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