Protesters, Post reporter arrested during march

Posted at 3:19 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2019-03-07 10:14:14-05

It started at Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s office with protests, and it ended outside of his home with arrests.

Several members of a local group that claims to be associated with Anonymous were arrested outside of a condominium in West Palm Beach Friday afternoon.

The group first gathered at the state attorney's office to protest his decision to send the Corey Jones police-involved shooting to a grand jury. Later they marched to a the Edge condo, where the state attorney lives.

There a handful of protesters were arrested, reportedly for trespassing.

In a video weeks ago, the group singled out the state attorney and threatened to release personal information.

Also seen being put into handcuffs was Palm Beach Post political reporter George Bennett who said he was detained "just following the story."

According to The Post, Bennett was released from custody around 4 p.m.

As he was being arrested, protester Michael March said, "This is a travesty of justice. And we’re going to jail for what?  We’re going to spend all this money all these resources, 10-15 officers for what? What are we doing? We’re speaking. We’re speaking out against corruption, against corruption and we will not be silenced."

West Palm Beach Police confirmed Friday evening that a total of 12 individuals were arrested for trespassing. Six arestees are from Palm Beach County or surrounding areas. The other six who were arrested will be transported to the Palm Beach County Jail.

West Palm Beach Police have not responded for comment on why its officer arrested a working member of the media. We will update this story as information becomes available.

UPDATE: The remaining six protesters arrested earlier today have been released from Palm Beach County Jail.