Breaking: Police arrest protesters in homeless encampment in Bronson Park

Kalamazoo City Commissioner Shannon Sykes sits with protesters waiting to be arrested after refusing to leave the homeless encampment in Bronson Park. (WWMT)

UPDATE (8:15 a.m.): Police have arrested 11 protesters at Bronson Park after they refused to leave the homeless encampment where they have been living for the last few weeks.

Kalamazoo City Commissioner Shannon Sykes Nehring also followed the protesters after handcuffing herself to another man being arrested. Police arrested her for resisting and obstructing police after she blocked traffic in the area.

Deep cleaning is underway at Bronson Park where these protesters have been living for weeks. Our crew on scene can see the city bleaching areas of the park where the tents were set up.

Bronson Park is now closed through Wednesday night.

Newschannel 3 also witnesses tents being taken down at the homeless encampment on West Cedar Street near Burdick Street in Kalamazoo.


UPDATE: Police in Bronson Park are telling protesters they will be arrested if they do not leave. They are currently putting up police tape.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Kalamazoo Public Safety has gone into the homeless encampment in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park.

Around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday police moved into the camps and begin opening up tents where protesters had been waiting for hours after a deadline passed to leave the park.

City leaders said the camp was a health hazard and ordered protesters to leave by 7 p.m. Tuesday. They are now asking protesters to leave and they are dismantling the tents.

So far no one has been arrested, but it is possible if those who stay against police orders could be cited.

This is a developing story. Stay with Newschannel 3 for updates.

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