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Black Lives Matter protesters block traffic on 13th Street

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A group of about 400 people gathered in northeast Wichita at about 7 p.m. Monday night to participate in a Black Lives Matter protest. The group gathered at McAdams Park and walked west toward I-135 where they were met by Kansas Highway Patrol troopers blocked them from getting onto the interstate. The group had planned to continue its walk onto the highway.

The group did speak to the troopers blocking their path and said they just wanted the law enforcement to hear what they had to say. The group eventually turned back east and for a time, blocked traffic in the street near 13th and Grove. The protesters eventually made their way back to McAdams Park where they had gathered about three hours earlier. The protest came to an end with no reports of injuries.

You can follow updates as events unfolded below:

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UPDATE: The group of Black Lives Matter protesters have returned to McAdams Park where they gathered earlier to begin their protest a little after 7 p.m. The group had blocked traffic on 13th Street as they continued to walk east toward the park.
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UPDATE: At no point was Interstate I-135 closed, although law enforcement was prepared to do so if necessary. Some of the 13th Street ramps were closed.

After about 15 minutes, the protesters turned back and walked to 13th Street and Grove from the interstate, then turned around again toward the interstate off-ramp. They were again met by Kansas Highway Patrol troopers, but as far as our crew on scene could tell, there has been no violence. Our crew also has not seen any arrests made.
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UPDATE: Before continuing on its way toward Grove on 13th Street, the group marched back to I-135 where it had lined up earlier. Several chanted, “Please Don’t Shoot” as they approached the law enforcement blocking the ramp. The group continued with chants of “Black Lives Matter. All Lives Matter.” There have also been chants of “No Justice, No Peace.”
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UPDATE: The group of protesters has left the area of 13th and I-135 and is headed east toward Grove Street.
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UPDATE: Law enforcement have closed the SB exit ramp from I-135 to 13th Street during a black lives matter protest. I-135 remains open.
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UPDATE: Several people have gathered at McAdams Park in northeast Wichita for a #blacklivesmatter protest.

Law enforcement from several different agencies have parked along I-135 as protesters prepare to move up on the interstate.

Eyewitness News is there. Stay tuned on-air and online for the latest.
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Law enforcement officials from several agencies have lined I-135 in Wichita in preparation for a possible #BlackLivesMatter protest.

The protest is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at McAdams Park.

Officers have lined both northbound and southbound of I-135 between Kellogg and K-96

Eyewitness News has a crew in the area. Stay with us on-air and online for the latest.

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