The protesters, marching in solidarity against a Missouri grand jury's decision to not charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, stood near the South Bay House of Correction around the Massachusetts Avenue Connector, shouting "Let them out," and "Whose streets? Our streets!"
Approximately a dozen police cars were escorting the marchers. Boston Police tweeted that drivers in the area should expect delays and shut intersections due to "peaceful demonstrators."
"We are aware of the possibility that they may try to walk onto a major state roadway to disrupt transportation," according to a statement from state police. "Troopers and Boston officers have established a line on the Mass. Ave. Connector that would prevent protesters from entering Route 93."
The protesters then moved, with some of them leaving while others walked down Massachusetts Avenue through traffic. Police then responded to the Clarendon Street entrance to the Mass. Pike "to prevent a large group of protesters from walking onto Pike and disrupting traffic," according to the state police.
The Boston Police Department reported 45 arrests in Boston, with the Massachusetts State Police reporting 51 overall. Police say a majority were arrested for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. Officials say nearly half of those arrested were female, and that there were no injuries or issues with those taken into custody. Despite the arrests, Boston Police said the protests were mostly peaceful. Many of those arrested were scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday.
In Providence, peaceful protest quickly turned into a dangerous situation. Officials say demonstrators jumped the fence by 95 and planted themselves near exit 20. At one point, police say there were between 100 and 150 people sitting on the highway. Troopers had to shut the highway down. Five people were arrested.
Some of the protesters made their way over from a meeting at a Roxbury church, where religious leaders and community members gathered at the Twelfth Baptist Church for a forum on Ferguson. Governor-elect Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh spoke and listened to the community about their concerns here in Boston. Walsh says it's okay to express feelings about Ferguson and Boston peacefully, and he said he knows the city has some work to do.
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