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4 arrested during anti-police brutality march in Phoenix

August 24, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say four people were arrested during a protest, including three for crimes committed at a previous demonstration.

Several dozen people gathered near Phoenix City Hall Sunday night to protest in the wake of a police shooting of an unarmed black man earlier in the day in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson says officers patrolling the area recognized the driver of a vehicle, 26-year-old Brandon Valentine, as a suspect in an aggravated assault on a police officer at a past demonstration.

According to Thompson, 22-year-old Ryan Tice, another suspect of crimes at a protest, was a passenger in the car.

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Officers took both men into custody. Thompson says a search of their vehicle turned up a 9 mm handgun.

Police also arrested 40-year-old Richard Callan, who was among the protesters marching to police headquarters. Thompson says Callan was wanted for aggravated assault on an officer at a past protest.

A fourth protester, 25-year-old Survana Ratnam, was arrested after a confrontation with police. Officers say she threw a water bottle at a police vehicle and then swung an umbrella at an officer, cutting the officer’s hand.

All four were booked into Maricopa County Jail on charges ranging from aggravated assault on an officer to resisting arrest.

It was not immediately known Monday if any had attorneys who could speak on their behalf.