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Black Lives Matter protesters delay traffic near Fourth St. and Massachusetts Ave. in Northeast D.C.

A group of activists affiliated with the Black Lives Matter protest movement protested outside the Fraternal Order of Police legislative office in D.C. (Video: Claritza Jimenez, McKenna Ewen/The Washington Post)

About a dozen protesters with the Black Lives Matter movement blocked traffic Wednesday morning near Fourth Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Northeast Washington.

At one point, some protesters used chains and large bicycle locks to loosely tie themselves to ladders to try to block an entrance to the national legislative office of the Fraternal Order of Police at 328 Massachusetts Ave. NE.

Some of the protesters shouted, “Commuters, if this is your normal way to work, please go around. The FOP protects killer cops.” Others said to pedestrians, “Use your white privilege to walk around and respect black bodies.” At one point, protesters put up a Black Lives Matter flag atop a flagpole in front of the FOP building.

Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police’s D.C. office, which handles government relations and works on legislation in connection with issues dealing with law enforcement, said the building is closed for the day.

“Our work will continue from other locations,” Pasco said.

Pasco said he supports the protesters right to assemble but has asked D.C. police to arrest protesters on the FOP’s property. As of 10:15 a.m., police had not made any arrests.

“We have been participating at every level and in every way we can to develop a dialogue with the community on current issues,” Pasco said.

Protesters from the movement have been out in recent weeks after fatal police shootings of African American men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

The phrase Black Lives Matter got national attention in summer 2014. Here's how the phrase became a movement. (Video: Claritza Jimenez, Julio Negron/The Washington Post)

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