Protesters Turn Out for Binghamton Columbus Day Events
City of Binghamton Police are processing several demonstrators who staged a protest during the 60th annual Columbus Day Tournament of Bands and Italian Festival.
Police were called to Court and Water Streets moments after the high school marching band parade stepped off and as the Italian Festival was getting started on Water Street next to Boscov's Department Store.
Protestors Converge On Columbus day Parade
Officials estimated around 25 demonstrators protesting deaths of inmates at the Broome County Correctional Facility.
Witnesses reported seeing several people placed in handcuffs and said the demonstrators were believed to be disrupting the activities.
A group calling itself "Binghamton PLOT" issued a statement claiming the action was to protest the conditions at the jail, which they claim is an ICE detention center.
The group says the goal of the action was to stop the event, that has served as a high school marching band competition for six decades, to call attention to incarcerated individuals.
PLOT claimed 4 of its members were arrested.
The parade was briefly interrupted by the activities but resumed shortly before 11 a.m.
Law enforcement officials indicated those arrested would be charged with disorderly conduct.