UPDATE: Arrested protester impressed with professionalism of Hampton PD


by Velma Scaife, 13News Noow


Posted on April 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 25 at 4:22 PM

UPDATE 4/25: One of the six protesters arrested outside Langley Air Force Base last week wrote a complimentary letter to the Hampton Police Department, saying he was impressed with their professionalism.

HAMPTON -- Six protesters who have been part of a march from Norfolk to the Peninsula were arrested Friday as they tried to block the gate at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton.

The protesters were part of a larger group of about 20 people that marched more than 50 miles this week carrying an 8 foot cross and signs making stops at a dozen military bases and government contractors.

The group has been protesting at military installations and government contractors throughout Hampton Roads this week.

Two protesters were arrested by Hampton Police after they blocked the Armistead Avenue gate to the base.  Langley security also took four others into custody. 

Some of the participants are local, some are from out of state and Canada.

"We don't want this to be business as usual," said Steve Baggarly with Norfolk Catholic Workers.

He said Langley was chosen for the disruption to protest the military's use of drones.

The group says they are 'Christians committed to peace' and are using the week leading up to Easter to demonstrate their commitment.