Scottsdale police ID three arrested amid protest

Three people were arrested during a protest in Scottsdale Saturday, police said.

A Scottsdale police report said a group of about 50 people was protesting the situation in Ferguson, Mo. One of the people arrested was part of the protest while two men were arrested for trying to start a fight with the protesters, police said.

According to police, the protesters gathered at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Marshall Way and Main Street. The protesters laid down in the street before marching to the intersection of Scottsdale and Indian School roads where they blocked traffic. At that intersection Scottsdale police in vehicles with loudspeakers ordered the protesters out of the intersection.

The protesters cleared the intersection and began to split up and moved off in different directions.

A police spokesman said at 7:10 p.m. witnesses saw Phoenix resident Martel Stevenson throw a rock through the front window of the Trailside Galleries. The rock broke the window and damaged a statue inside, which has an estimated value of $6,000. Stevenson, 19, was later identified and arrested for criminal damage in downtown Scottsdale. Police said he is believed to be one of the protesters.

At 7:30 p.m. Samuel Lee Busic, also of Phoenix, and Matthew Michael Belardine, of Ohio, approached the protesters near the Wasted Grain bar and started yelling obscenities at the group, police said. Busic, 26, and Belardine, 27, tried to instigate a fight with the protesters and were arrested by Scottsdale police. Authorities charged Busic with assault and Belardine with disorderly conduct.

The rest of the protest was peaceful, police said. No other damage or injuries were reported.

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