25 Arrested, Including Clergy at Jeff Sessions Immigration Protest in Los Angeles (VIDEO)
Hundreds of protesters stormed downtown Los Angeles Tuesday ahead of Attorney General Jeff Sessions planned visit.
AG Sessions spoke at the Criminal Justice Foundation’s annual luncheon.
Over 25 protesters were arrested on Tuesday, including Clergy.
Twenty-five people were taken into custody after the peaceful organized protest was declared an unlawful assembly by Los Angeles police. Clergy were seen among those being arrested.
Crowds holding signs were given a five-minute warning to disperse by LAPD before the arrests took place, according to authorities.
Demonstrators in white clergy robes linked arms across the street and chanted “reunite,” others waving signs that bore slogans, among them, “Stop separating families.”
“Sessions, you’re not welcome in our communities and your hatred is not welcome in our communities,” said Jose Montez of Children Over Politics as he spoke at the rally.
The protest was organized by CHIRLA and included several other immigrant rights groups, who marched through the streets in front of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, where Sessions was expected to speak.
“As a United Methodist, and he’s a fellow United Methodist, this is not right, and this is not part of our Christian teachings or our values or our beliefs,” said Rev. Allison Mack, a protester from North Hollywood United Methodist Church.