Cambridge Police report arresting pro-Palestinian protesters outside the offices of Elbit Systems on Bishop Allen Drive in Central Square this morning.
Police say a protest by about 200 people was initially peaceful - and that officers shut a nearby road to ensure none got hit by cars, but that:
Around 11:15am, some of the crowd broke through metal barricades and began vandalizing the business. Some of the people in the crowd began throwing “smoke pellets”, eggs and other projectiles at the officers and the building. As officers attempted to place numerous people under arrest for defacing the building, the group became hostile and assaulted the officers. One officer was knocked to the ground. Another officer was hit in the chest with a “smoke pellet”. One officer had to deploy pepper spray as some of the crowd became more combative.
The nine arrested protesters, from Revere, Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Housatonic, were all charged with disorderly conduct, police say, adding some were also charged with additional offenses. Eliza Sathler, 26, of Revere, was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, possession of and throwing an incendiary device and resisting arrest.
Brief video from the scene.