SOA Protest arrests

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - This weekend marks the annual School of Americas Protest at Fort Benning, where thousands fight for the school's closure.

Captain J.D. Hawk with the Columbus Police Department told News Leader Nine, "At this point in Columbus there have been zero arrests."

Police officers, sheriff's deputies, marshals and other law enforcement stood guard as School of Americas protestors held their final demonstration Sunday morning.

"Everything has gone fine today and last night. We had some minor situations where the protestors went a little bit outside the boundaries of where they are supposed to go but after warning and advice, we were able to bring them back in check," said Hawk.

Hawk said the weekend usually wraps up with arrests of protestors who step on Fort Benning property, "Once they cross over it's a Fort Benning situation and as of this point I think there have been four arrests on Fort Benning at a different location."

Years of handling this SOA protest helped officers keep control of the thousands of activists.

"Our desire is that this goes off without a hitch. We do not want to put them in jail unless they force us to," added Hawk.

Those arrested will face federal charges and some will appear before a judge Monday morning.

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