7 arrested, 4 officers hurt in homeless camp skirmish

October 8, 2021 GMT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Seven protesters were arrested and four police officers were injured Friday during a skirmish at a Kalamazoo homeless camp on Friday.

Two days after police cleared people out of the camp and after signs were posted warning that trespassing enforcement would begin at noon at noon Friday, activists were present when officers with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety arrived and told everybody to leave.

The activists violently clashed with officers, police said.

Ten people were detained. Three were cited for trespassing and released and the others were taken to jail and face charges including trespassing, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice, authorities said. One person also faces a felony charge of assaulting an officer.

Police spokesman Officer Ryan Bridges said four officers suffered minor injuries.

One officer used pepper spray during the incident after she was hit in the head with a flagpole, Bridges said. Bridges said four officers had minor injuries.

Many of those living at the camp moved there after police cleared out a nearby property, MLive reported.