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UPDATE: Arrests follow protest during National Day of Action

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Police say four people were arrested and 11 others were cited and released after they blocked traffic on East Washington Avenue during a demonstration against officer-involved shootings.

The protest began just before 11 a.m. At that time, police say a group of protesters began sitting and standing in the roadway near the intersection of E. Washington Ave. and Fourth Street, by Madison East High School.

Police say they blocked traffic to allow the demonstrators to exercise their First Amendment rights.

Officers say they tried multiple times to negotiate a way for protesters to leave the road, but many refused. Around 6:30 p.m., police say they made one last announcement, directing protesters to leave the road or they would be arrested for a city ordinance violation that prohibits the obstruction of streets, highways or alleys.

East Washington Avenue fully reopened to traffic around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Hundreds of students walked out of school Tuesday to mark the National Day of Action, and stand up against what they say is police brutality in Dane County.

Students from Madison East, Madison West, Middleton High School, and Sun Prairie High School held their protests outside in the streets, chanting "No justice! No peace! No racist police!"

As of 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, traffic is still blocked off on East Washington Avenue near East High School.

The groups are protesting officer-involved shootings across the country, including the death of Tony Robinson last month in Madison.

The Madison Metropolitan School District issued the following statement in response to the student walkout:

"We are (like in the past) following our normal attendance policy. That means that students would be marked absent unless excused by a parent (by the way, there were students from a lot of surrounding areas, not just our East students. We think around 75 East students participated). While we understand students' needs to have their voices heard, we do encourage students to stay in school during the school day as to not negatively impact instructional time.  We also want you to know that we are continuing to provide opportunities within school for students to talk about what happened, express their feelings and respectfully consider all perspectives."

The Young, Gifted, and Black Coalition sponsored today's event.
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