- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Protesters have disrupted Gov. Paul LePage’s town hall meeting at the University of Southern Maine with shouts of “Black Lives Matter.”

LePage, a Republican, was 10 minutes into his presentation Tuesday night when one man shouted obscenities at him. The man left as police moved toward him. One by one, other protesters seated throughout the audience interrupted LePage and left. The group of about 25 protesters gathered outside and held a peaceful demonstration.

LePage faced heavy criticism last year for saying he kept a binder of photos that showed the majority of drug dealers arrested in Maine are black or Hispanic.

At the end of the event, the governor thanked the crowd saying, “despite all the commotion, I survived it.”

Portland police officers at the event say no one was arrested.

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