PLOT: Police “Assaulted” Peaceful Protesters in Binghamton
A statement issued by Binghamton Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow contends law enforcement officers "assaulted" protesters who delayed a county legislature meeting.
In a news release Monday morning, PLOT asserted there was a "coordinated ... attack on unarmed residents complete with SWAT units, attack dogs, and heavily armed officers."
According to the statement, ten people were taken into custody and charged last Thursday as a result of the protest at a scheduled session of the Broome County Legislature.
The news release stated "at least two protesters were placed under arrest by officials, but promptly released due to intervention from bystanders in the crowd."
Broome County officials have said the law enforcement response was appropriate because some in the crowd created "hazards and unsafe conditions during the meeting."
The arrests followed what had been billed in advance as an "Annoy the Police" rally to protest a local law being considered by the legislature.
The statement issued Monday said "the level of force and aggression" used by officers was "shocking to many in attendance."
The group encouraged people who support those who've been arrested recently in Binghamton and Vestal to attend upcoming court arraignment dates.
WATCH: Protesters being taken into custody outside the Broome County legislature's meeting room on November 21, 2019.
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