UPDATE October 28, 11:25 a.m.: The above video has been updated to include exclusive video of the incident, plus an interview with one of the people arrested.
Phoenix police shot protesters with pepper balls and arrested six people downtown on Saturday night.
The 40 to 50 protesters who were demonstrating against the Phoenix Police Department and police brutality were arrested after ignoring an officer's command not to cross Washington Street. Phoenix Police Sergeant Jonathan Howard says the pepper balls were fired after "several members of the group began to throw flag poles that they had been carrying at the officers and interfere with the arrests."
"Officers discharged pepperballs at these suspects to protect the officers, the suspects being arrested, and others in the area, Howard says in a statement. "Those suspects quickly fled the area and were not located."
One protester New Times spoke to disagrees with the cops' version of events.More »