Protesters arrested on I-94 Full Gallery
Hundreds of peaceful protesters marching from the Cedar-Riverside area were ambushed and kettled by MPD, State Patrol, SWAT and National Guard personnel tonight and held on the I-94 freeway until they were arrested. The demonstrators were attempting to leave the freeway and were within meters of the exit after a short march, but were trapped by a line of police and not permitted to leave. The march was a planned response to the United States election and featured multiple organizations in solidarity. The action was exceptionally peaceful, involving some families and children, and with no graffiti, violence or thrown objects-- yet the police response, with hundreds of heavily armed and militarized state officers, some on horseback and with military vehicles, responded with disproportionate force.