Arrests made in civil disobedience for Indy Janitors

Dozens of protesters rallying in support of janitors were taken into custody Tuesday after blocking traffic at an intersection in Downtown Indianapolis, according to police and a union spokeswoman.

Claire Pollard, a research and public affairs analyst with Service Employees International Union Local 1, told IndyStar that about 100 protesters — a mix of janitors, activists and other supporters — gathered outside Regions Tower in the 200 block of North Pennsylvania Street.

After a few janitors spoke, approximately 50 protesters took to the intersection of Ohio and Pennsylvania streets as an act of “civil disobedience” at around 4:30 p.m., Pollard said. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers arrived at the scene and took protesters into custody.

Police loaded many of them onto buses by 5 p.m., according to Fox59.

“The workers in particular felt strongly that they needed to do whatever it takes to show the importance of this cause,” Pollard told IndyStar.

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