Police: Anti-Trump activists' plan to block highway thwarted

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Posted: Jan 24, 2017 12:07 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Protesters have twice blocked Interstate 95 in Richmond, Virginia, but on the night President Donald Trump was inaugurated, police managed to keep them off the highway. A police affidavit suggests how they did it.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2j0VmEq) reports that plainclothes officers observed a group of people at a vacant, overgrown lot next to the highway conducting "demonstration training" ahead of the inauguration after a construction company complained of stolen equipment there.

An affidavit used to obtain a search warrant says investigators believed the attendees appeared to have been "role-playing as protesters and police officers." Police say they searched the site and seized stolen construction material Friday afternoon.

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Later that night, about 200 people marched peacefully against the new president.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com