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Police: seven protesters arrested for trespassing at political event in Amherst

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Posted at 11:11 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 23:11:03-04

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — Amherst police say seven protesters have been arrested for trespassing at a political event Thursday evening.

According to police, 40 to 50 people were peacefully protesting outside a political event being held on Wehrle Drive around 5 p.m.

At around 6:45 p.m., police say a large group of protesters left the area "where they were lawfully permitted to be and entered upon private property." Officers verbally warned the group that their presence on private property was "unlawful."

Police say after officers gave the group several warnings, most of the protesters left the area voluntarily. Seven protesters remained on private property and were given a final warning, according to police.

The seven people were arrested without incident for trespassing, were removed from the property, issued appearance tickets and released, police report.

The individuals range in age from 28 to 62. Police say five of the protesters are from Buffalo, one is from Grand Island and one is from Cattaraugus.