Hundreds of officers arrive to face protesters at downtown Austin Garrett Foster memorial

Hundreds of officers arrive to face protesters at downtown Austin Garrett Foster memorial

More than a hundred Austin officers, many mounted on horseback and bicycles, and state troopers in riot gear, arrived to face an angry crowd that spilled onto Congress Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown Austin Saturday night. As a march against police violence that started at the University of Texas ended, crowds swelled near the site of a memorial to Garrett Foster, who was fatally shot during a protest there a week ago. About 9 p.m., officers arrived in force. A few protesters scuffled with officers Saturday night as authorities sought to detain an individual. The gathering was mostly not violent, however. A Police Department spokesman told the American-Statesman he couldn’t immediately confirm how many arrests officers made but said that information may be available Sunday or Monday. By 10:20 p.m., things had quieted and traffic was back to normal on Congress, as protesters marched east and a police helicopter appeared to be following overhead. Police cars blocked traffic on the southbound Interstate 35 frontage road south of Cesara Chavez as the crowd of remaining protesters debated whether to storm onto the freeway. By 11 p.m. a smaller crowd of remaining protesters staged outside police headquarters. Earlier, Austin Police Department officers pepper sprayed and arrested protesters at Fourth Street and Congress Avenue. Officers told protesters gathered near a makeshift memorial to get off the sidewalk. Then officers on bikes surrounded the protesters and told observers to get back. Officers detained at least two people and used pepper spray several times ...
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