- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Protesters have blocked a busy downtown intersection in Hartford to draw attention to the nation’s criminal justice system and police actions in black communities.

A few dozen protesters gathered at about 4 p.m. Monday, locking arms and standing in the roads. Protesters held signs that read, “black lives matter.”

Activists chanted during their peaceful demonstration and refused to leave the scene. Police began making arrests, though information was not immediately available on how many were arrested.

The Rev. John Selders, pastor at Amistad United Church of Christ in Hartford, said Moral Monday Connecticut organized the protest to draw attention to the criminal justice system.

Police diverted traffic from the area, making it difficult for commuters to leave downtown.

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