Group sitting in street, supporting José Charles arrested after Greensboro City Council meeting

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro City Council recessed their meeting early Tuesday after council members could not get a word in over the shouts of protesters.

Amid shouts of "shame," police officers escorted council members out of the chambers.

Many people in the council chambers were there to support 15-year-old Jose Charles and his mom Tamara Figureoa.

Figureoa claims police officers used excessive force when arresting Jose in July of last year. Figureoa says her son had been beat up and when police got to the scene they treated him like a suspect.

Tuesday, Figureoa, and the dozens of supporters with her asked the city council to instruct the police chief to withdraw evidence supporting assault charges against Jose.

Council did not get a chance to get far into the discussion when protesters interrupted, although Sharon Hightower made an effort to ask the city attorney what the council could do.

Eventually protesters took over the council chambers, sitting in the council member's chairs, chanting and singing.

Police then forced everyone to leave the chambers and closed down the building.

The protesters took their cause outside and began marching to Center City Park where Charles was arrested.

Eight people sat down in the middle of Friendly Avenue and were arrested after five minutes.

Sarah Leanne Hamrick, 24, of Winston-Salem; Cristina Gail Paynter, 22, of Greensboro; Betsy Sue Oldenburg, 61, of Greensboro; Camille Dukes Hester, 35, of Greensboro; Christopher Bailey Lovingood, 17, Isabell Lola Moore, 37, of Greensboro; and Rebecca Anne Aubrey, 24, were charged with impeding the flow of traffic, a misdemeanor.