Ten people were taken into custody by the New York Police Department's Strategic Response Group at the AMC Empire 25 movie theater in midtown Manhattan Monday night. Independent journalist Leeroy Johnson was reportedly among those arrested.
According to police, a group entered the theater on West 42nd street theater at approximately 6:30 pm and after being arrested were awaiting charges as of Monday night.
Johnson can be seen in a video outside the theater saying, "They are arresting the press for doing their job. Believe that sh*t? They know I’m press…with no warning, they said I could stay before."
Last month, Johnson, who has been covering events across the country, but most prominently the anti-vaccine mandate protests in New York City, was suspended from Twitter.
A large portion of Johnson's work is based in New York City, where he has been documenting the numerous anti-vaccine mandate protests across the city, including ones done in public and ones done inside of businesses.
According to AMC’s website, Empire 25 requires all guests ages 5 and older to show proof of vaccination. Masks are recommended for all guests, can be taken off while eating and drinking, but should be worn while walking around the building.
Current New York City guidelines require anyone who wants to attend an indoor event or eat an indoor restaurant be vaccinated.
Videos outside the AMC showed NYPD officers escorting people out of the theater as the protesters chanted, "My body, my choice. The vaccine you won’t force."
Another video, taken inside one of the theaters, showed protesters sitting maskless and refusing to leave. One protester said to an officer, "I hope that you guys get inspired by that and stand up with us because this is going to the Supreme Court."
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