8 BU Students Arrested After Anti-War Protest

By Erik Burling

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 19, 2008 at 6:30 PM EDT

An anti-war protest that turned violent led to 9 arrests, 8 of whom were Binghamton University students.

They appeared in Vestal Town Court where they were arraigned on charges ranging from obstruction, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Many protestors were pepper sprayed by police, and arrested Tuesday afternoon on the Vestal Parkway.

The protest started on BU's campus.

Vestal Police say about 60 protestors left campus, and marched east on the Vestal Parkway towards University Plaza.

They were headed toward an army recruiting center.

Police say the protestors began to block traffic.

And when asked to move they resisted.

Protestors say the police used unnecessary and excessive force.

A spokesman from Binghamton University issued this statement:

"We respect the rights of people to express their views. But we do not condone students in the roadway.Putting their own safety, and that of other motorists at risk is something we take very seriously."

BU says it will wait for information from Vestal Police to determine what action the University's judicial board will take.

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