Connecticut police arrested a man who they say led a protest against President Donald Trump that blocked an ambulance transporting a critically ill patient to the hospital (video below).
Norman Clement, 66, was arrested and charged with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct, interfering with an officer and reckless use of the highway by a pedestrian, according to MassLive.
The demonstration against President Trump's immigration policies took place in the late afternoon of Feb. 4. Around 4:30 p.m. state police arrived to clear protesters who were reportedly blocking a major roadway.
In a statement released after the incident, police said the demonstrators refused to move out of the way of an ambulance.
"The protesters were in the process of being cleared from the highway, but not before they obstructed an ambulance carrying a critically ill patient," the statement said. "Due to this delay ambulance personnel were required to perform an emergency medical procedure in the ambulance instead of at the hospital."
Officers then identified Clement as the leader of the protest and told him he was under arrest.
"Clement ran from law enforcement personnel through the crowd, knocking over several of his supporters, before being apprehended," police said. "Clement actively resisted arrest and was sprayed with [pepper spray]."
Protesters said the police were excessive with their use of force.
"They started walking toward us with dogs," demonstrator John Lugo told the New Haven Independent. "We waited for them to give us the order to get arrested. But it never happened."
Attorney Patricia Kane, who was representing the protesters, said police were trying to intimidate them with dogs. She described the incident as a "police riot."
"The trooper with the dog frightened everybody," she said. "The dog jumped on me. Shades of Selma."
Asked about another demonstrator who was detained and later charged with disorderly conduct, Kane said she thinks the arrest was unlawful.
"I was in the area at the time police piled on him," she explained. "I do not believe he was engaged in anything that warranted the action."
Clement was released shortly after his arrest on a $5,000 surety bond. He is due to appear in court on Feb. 13.