GRPD: 3 arrested as protest blocks I-196 ramps in GR

Police take a protester away (left) after a demonstration blocked traffic (right) on the I-196 ramps to Ottawa Avenue NW.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Three people were arrested during an immigration protest that brought traffic to a standstill in downtown Grand Rapids.

It happened around 12:41 p.m.Thursday on Ottawa Avenue NW near the eastbound 1-196 off ramp. Police say the protest started in front of the immigration office near Ottawa Avenue and Hastings Street NW.

The demonstrators then walked south on Ottawa Avenue. Several protesters blocked the road while other demonstrators drummed and held up signs from the sidewalk.

Officers said they warned the protesters in the roadway several times before arresting a 64-year-old man, 40-year-old man and 49-year-old woman for impeding traffic and resisting and obstructing.

The remaining protesters continued onto Calder Plaza without further incident, police said.