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Tents removed, people arrested at Niagara Square as more protests expected

Thomas O'Neil-White/WBFO news
A protester sits on the McKinley Monument in Niagara Square Wednesday. Buffalo police cleared the square Tuesday night, arresting 13 people.

A breezy Wednesday morning at Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo was devoid of any tents. Much of the spray adorning the fountain at the center of the square had been scrubbed away. 

For weeks now, Niagara Square has been the flashpoint between the law enforcement and people protesting police brutality. 

Citing complaints about property destruction, unsanitary conditions, and threats to the public, the Buffalo Police Department released a statement Wednesday morning announcing the arrests of 13 individuals who refused the officer’s orders to leave the square Tuesday night. They are charged with obstructing governmental administration, being in the park after 10 p.m., and sleeping in the park.

A member of an unidentified social justice group who returned to the square Wednesday said there plans for another protest for 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas moved to Western New York at the age of 14. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he majored in Communications Studies and was part of the sports staff for WBNY. When not following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats and Boston Red Sox, Thomas enjoys coaching youth basketball, reading Tolkien novels and seeing live music.
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