16 People Are Arrested After 'Stop the Violence' Concert in Silver Spring

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 9, 2009

Sixteen people were arrested in downtown Silver Spring on Saturday night after a "Stop the Violence" concert, authorities said.

A Montgomery County police spokesman said officers responded to incidents of disorderly conduct that broke out near the end of a concert at the Silver Spring plaza.

It was not clear what prompted the outbreaks, which led to charges that ranged from disorderly conduct to assault, Lt. Paul Starks said. No serious injury or property damage was reported, he said.

An official of the Downtown Silver Spring shopping district said Mixed Unity, a collaborative of youth-based nonprofit groups, held the concert, which included a cappella groups, poetry and live music. It drew several thousand people. The crowd included mainly young people and families, the official said.

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