Bennington BLM mural finished despite protests, 4 arrests

BENNINGTON — At least four people are facing charges after protests during the painting of a Black Lives Matter mural on a street in the town of Bennington.

A number of protesters, including some who carried an anti-Black Lives Matter sign, stood in the way during the three-hour painting of the mural on Sunday, the Bennington Banner reported.

Others who supported the mural joined hands around the volunteer painters.

About 250 people attended the event. Roughly a dozen police officers, including Chief Paul Doucette, were also there.

The Black Lives Matter phrase had been marked off in front of the town offices so volunteers could apply the paint.

Doucette said police would be issuing a release about the arrests.