Protesters arrested for crossing into secure area

Protestors arrested. (Lindsay Bramson/KXAN)
Protestors arrested. (Lindsay Bramson/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — President Barack Obama’s visit to Austin for the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library resulted in some arrests after protesters crossed into a secure area.

At least three people were arrested, police said.

Obama was in Austin to deliver the keynote address at the Civil Rights Summit.

University of Texas Police Department officials released a statement earlier in the morning saying, “Top priority is for all participants and attendees in The Civil Rights Summit to enjoy a safe event.”

UTPD mentioned the great amount of coordination that happens in the production of any major event on UT’s campus, adding that UTPD works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies — as well as numerous local first responder units and hospitals.

Service units within UT, such as Facilities Services, Parking and Transportation, were also on hand to help make Obama’s visit an issue-free event.

A spokesperson with United We Dream said leaders from their group and GetEQUAL were among those arrested.

“It’s hypocritical that the President — who has presided over the most deportations in the history of this country — give a keynote speech at the Civil Rights Summit,” a release from United We Dream said. “It’s President Obama’s harsh policies that have torn so many families apart” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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