Police officers took three people into custody during an Occupy Miami rally in Miami on Tuesday.
Occupy Miami demonstrators showed up at the Wells Fargo Center about 3 p.m. as part of the May Day protests.
Police officers arrived, and they said they had to contain the protesters in some way. Three people were arrested, police said.
According to the arrest report, police said they arrested Rolando Prieto, 23, of Miami, when he blocked a police car that was escorting the crowd. Police said when the officer told Prieto to move, he said, "I'm not moving from the road. I'm a taxpayer."
Prieto was arrested on charges of obstructing the public right of way and inciting a riot.
Brian Roland Tangherlin, 22, of Miami was also arrested. Police said Tangherlin kept walking into the street, blocking traffic, despite officers telling him several times to stop. When officers tried to arrest him, police said, Tangherlin started swinging his arm and resisting, and an officer took him to the ground. The officers were able to handcuff Tangherlin despite his struggles, police said.
According to the arrest affidavit, while he was struggling, Tangherlin kneed an officer in the ribs. He faces charges of resisting with violence and obstructing the public right of way.
The third person arrested was Alfredo Quintana, 24, of Miami Lakes. According to the arrest report, Quintana tried freeing his friend who was being arrested. Police said Quintana hit two officers, including pushing one to the ground, and then left the area.
Police said Quintana was later identified, and while officers tried arresting him, he kicked an officer. Quintana is charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.
The protesters claimed the officers used excessive force and beat two people. Police said no protesters were injured.
"By the time that I got there, there was like 10 police officers on one person, that's it. And he was on the ground and he was being beaten and he was bloody, and I got some on video," said one protester.
The incident was captured on home video, but it showed no violence, Local 10's Ross Palombo reported.
The protesters moved on from the Wells Fargo Center to rally in other parts of the city.