JOHNSON CITY, NY (WIVT/WBGH) – Local protesters angry over the death in Memphis of Tyre Nichols shut down the Wegmans in Johnson City last night.
The protest began at around 7 p.m.
Dozens of law enforcement vehicles and ambulances quickly descended on the grocery store which was subsequently closed for the evening.
Police also stopped additional traffic from entering the property.
JC Police say 15 people were arrested last night.
At 1:18 p.m., Broome County District Attorney Mike Korchak released the following statement:
“The right to peacefully protest is a Constitutional right, but the conduct of the charged protesters last night at Wegmans is unacceptable. The protesters negatively impacted a local business, its employees, and customers creating a dangerous situation for the public, police, and themselves.
We are in the process of reviewing the case to move forward with the prosecution of those
charged where appropriate.”