Police reported only four weapons arrests in the protest, where Mayor Martin Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evens had urged attendees “to embrace nonviolence over violence.”
Four men with weapons were arrested by Boston police during Saturday’s protest and “Free Speech” rally on Boston Common, along with another four from out of state, the Boston Globe reports. Most of the charges included disturbing a public assembly, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest, police said. Those arrested from weapons were from the Boston area and from Norwich, N.Y.
A 36-year-old man from Vermont and a 25-year-old man from Eugene, Ore., were each charged with disturbing a public assembly, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Mayor Martin Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans had encouraged anyone who attended Saturday’s protest to “their best behavior and to embrace nonviolence over violence,” the police department said. “Thankfully, the majority of those attending did just that. Unfortunately, not everybody understood the importance of good behavior.”