16 protesters arrested Monday afternoon outside Kansas Department for Children and Families

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Sixteen people were arrested Monday afternoon following protests in downtown Topeka. 

The “Poor People’s Campaign” held a rally at 6th and Kansas Ave. at the entrance of the Kansas Department of Children and Families in Topeka. 

The demonstrators were blocking the entrance to the building, not allowing anyone to exit or enter the premises, according to Capitol Police Lt. Terry Golightley.

Police said at 2 p.m. the demonstrators were given a five minute warning to leave the premises or they would be arrested. 

Most of the protestors peacefully obeyed, moving back to the sidewalk, according to police. 

Police said 16 people refused and were taken into custody for interfere with conduct of public business. They were all booked into the Shawnee County jail. 

The campaign began weekly protests May 21. Each one has started with a rally and ended with a demonstration in which participants have been arrested.

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December 31 2021 11:59 pm