HAMPTON, Va. - Four people were arrested in Hampton following a protest over George Floyd's death in the custody of a Minneapolis police officer, according to the Hampton Police Division.
Police responded to Fort Monroe in reference to a scheduled demonstration organized by a local Black Lives Matter chapter. According to police, officers reached out to the event's organizers prior to the event to ensure the planned demonstrations would be safe and peaceful.
The demonstration began at 7:57 p.m. The crowd moved from Fort Monroe to the gazebo, then after a short rally made their way to the area of I-64 E, where they physically stopped traffic in both directions by positioning themselves in the roadway.
The crowd then left the interstate and reconvened in the area of Peninsula Town Center. Demonstrators marched from the town center to Cunningham Drive and eventually onto W. Mercury Boulevard, where the crowd split into two groups, one comprised of Black Lives Matter 757 coordinators making its way back to the town center where it dispersed and the other remaining on Mercury.
Demonstrators blocked traffic in both directions on W. Mercury Boulevard, and allegedly refused to disperse when instructed to by police. The department also said in a statement that some of the demonstrators allegedly threw items at officers on the scene.
Two adults and two juveniles were arrested for charges including assault on law enforcement and disorderly conduct.
The group eventually dispersed at approximately 2:26 a.m.