MEMPHIS, Tenn. — 17 protesters are facing charges after Memphis police arrested them Wednesday.
Tuesday evening, a public notice was posted outside Memphis City Hall advising the area would be under construction the next morning.
For two weeks, protesters had been camped outside the building advocating for change and protesting police brutality.
Police moved in to clear the area Wednesday morning.
Nine of the people arrested appeared in court Thursday morning.
Lakethen Mason is one of the first three people Memphis Police arrested during the protest Wednesday morning outside of City Hall.
“There are systemic issues and systemic policies that are tearing our communities apart,” Mason said.
Mason is a filmmaker and the Executive Director of Memphis Film Works.
In a Facebook video, Mason can be seen with a camera capturing the arrest of another protester.
However, police arrested Mason and charged him with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct, and obstruction of a passageway.
“We have to document these things so one, it doesn’t happen again. And two, we have an opportunity to address it,” Mason said
Eight other protesters who went to jail with Mason Wednesday stood behind him. Each one told FOX13 they will continue the fight for justice and are willing to accept the consequences that come.
“We must continue to stand. This is not a movement this is a way of life at this point and time,” Mason said.
Protesters who received citations have a court date set for September first.
For two weeks, protesters have been camped outside the building advocating for change and protesting police brutality.
Many were helping to feed the homeless, and had been camped there in tents.
Everyone and their belongings were to be cleared yesterday for a construction project, according to the Memphis Police Department.
Alternative protest locations were offered to the group, and the group was told to leave the area by 7:30 a.m. for the construction project.
Police arrived early, telling the protesters to move around 6 a.m., an hour and a half before the deadline.
Several protesters refused to leave the area and remained in the construction zone.
According to police, the group was provided two alternative locations to continue the protest.
Officers repeatedly asked individuals to clear the area.
One man locked himself to a fence, and several protesters locked arms and formed a line.
Some refused to walk and were carried out by police.
One officer was assaulted during this incident, according to police.
After several hours, officers approached those who refused to leave and 17 arrests were made, according to police.
Nine physical arrests and eight misdemeanor citations were issued.
Police released a list of those arrests and their charges.
The following were arrested for Disorderly Conduct: Ainsley Allen, 21; Elinor Robbins, 25; Gillian Wenhold, 23; Eleanor Fisher, 23; Peyton Bladizon, 19; Matthew Germany, 33; Aubrey Toldi, 26; Evelyn Grizzle, 28; Edward Dempster, 40; Brandon Price, 27; Zachary Barnard, 26; Aaron Copeland, 18; Corbin Diercks, 18; Brandon Lever, 21.
Elizabeth Parr, 26, was arrested for Misdemeanor Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Inciting to Riot and Obstructing a Highway/Passageway.
Vlada Volkova, 22, was arrested for Misdemeanor Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Inciting to Riot and Obstructing a Highway/Passageway.
Lakathen Mason, 47, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Inciting to Riot and Obstructing a Highway/Passageway.
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