ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Rev. Al Sharpton and 74 other people were arrested Saturday when they converged on the Atlantic City Expressway to protest racial profiling by state police.
Sharpton arrived with five busloads of protesters wearing T-shirts emblazoned with "New Jersey, the police state" on the front and "Stop the korrupt kop killers, Christine Whitman and her hitmen" on the back, referring to the New Jersey governor.
"It's a warning shot that we are here to fight for justice," said Michael Hardy, the minister's attorney.
Police had diverted traffic from the demonstration before it began. Still, traffic headed into Atlantic City was backed up for as much as three miles from the exit, where it was diverted off the expressway.
Sharpton and the protesters knelt on the roadway and put up no resistance when they were arrested and taken away in a police bus.