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Black Lives Matter event organizer arrested after protesting on private property

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Posted at 9:06 AM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 12:05:27-04

AKRON, Ohio — A Black Lives Matter event organizer was arrested after protesting on private property in Akron.

Akron police said the man was arrested after being told ahead of time that he couldn't have a protest outside of the Marc's on Waterloo Road, which is private property.

The group was given alternate locations where they could peacefully protest, including public sidewalks on Waterloo Road, according to police.

Police said that the first three warnings were given about 30 minutes before police forced them to leave. That's when police said it became an unlawful assembly and that after refusing to comply, the protest organizer was told he would be arrested if the group did not leave.

According to police, the man ran from police and was told he would be tased if he continued to run, but was taken into custody without incident.

He is being charged with criminal trespass, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct.

The group disperesed peacefully from the area several minutes after the organizer fled the scene.