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Columbus Day Parade protesters arraigned in court

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Protesters packed Binghamton City Court Monday morning, as four Columbus Day Parade protesters were arraigned in court Monday.

Following the court appearance, dozens of members of Binghamton PLOT and Truth Pharm gathered in front of City Hall on Hawley Street to voice their support for the protesters.

The four protesters in question have been charged with disorderly conduct for their actions at Binghamton’s Columbus Day Parade on Monday, October 14th.

During the parade, more than a dozen protesters formed a human chain on Court Street, bringing the parade to a halt for roughly ten minutes.

The protesters spoke out against alleged mistreatment of inmates at the Broome County Jail.

While 12 News’ cameras were not allowed in the court room, one of the four protesters officially spoke out against the County and the jail.

“The community is behind us, is behind the validity of what we’re saying, and what we’re saying is the Broome County Jail is killing us. We’re saying that children are being harmed by the way that Broome County treats the folks who go to jail,” said protester, Shams Harper.

All four protesters had a ‘Not Guilty’ plea entered on their behalf, as they work on hiring legal representation. They were released on their own recognizance, and are due back in court on Monday, November 4.

The gathering of Binghamton PLOT and Truth Pharm members in front of City Hall on Hawley Street remained peaceful at all times.

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