Protesters disrupt First Friday Artwalk in Phoenix

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX --- A small crowd of protesters swelled to a couple hundred Friday night in downtown Phoenix.

Their march was organized online by a group of self-proclaimed anarchists who said they were protesting alleged police brutality.  

There were no reported arrests or vandalism, but protesters verbally clashed with police supporters on the sidewalks at times.

Thousands of other people were along Roosevelt Street for the monthly First Friday festivities.   Different food and art venues were disrupted at times when protesters marched by chanting.

Several times large crowds sat in the middle of Roosevelt, until police forced them to move.

The crowd also walked up and down Roosevelt Street, in the middle of the street, and were confronted at least twice by a line of Phoenix police officers with their shields up. 

The standoffs lasted several minutes, but after threats of arrest, the protesters dispersed and moved back to the sidewalks.