Seven people were arrested early this morning while protesting outside Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson's house, denouncing his handling of the Peter Liang case. Last month, Thompson recommended that Liang get probation and house arrest—but no prison time—for killing 28-year-old Akai Gurley in 2014, and yesterday, Brooklyn judge Danny Chun reduced Liang's charges from second-degree manslaughter to criminally negligent homicide, sentencing the former NYPD officer to five years of probation and 800 hours of community service.

Police said that they received a 911 call at about 12:40 a.m. today informing them about a group of protestors outside Thompson's house in Clinton Hill. Video taken at the protest shows some 20 protestors using the people's mic technique to deliver the following message to Thompson and his neighbors:

"We want you to know you live next door to someone complicit in a murder—in the murder of black people here in New York City. Ken Thompson wrote a recommendation to the judge in Peter Liang's trial to say that he should not receive jail time for murdering Akai Gurley. Instead, Peter Liang will serve no jail time and receive not even house arrest, but community service, for killing someone. For killing Akai Gurley. We all know that black people in the neighborhood of Fort Greene, in the neighborhood of Bed Stuy, receive more jail time for hopping a turnstile."

The late timing of the protest was intentional: protestors shouted, "Akai Gurley cannot sleep tonight, and if the family of Akai Gurley cannot sleep tonight, if those of us that have been fighting for justice for more than a year cannot sleep tonight, then Ken Thompson will not sleep tonight."

Holding a banner that said "#BYEKEN BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS," protestors beat drums and chanted, "get the fuck up, Ken," "fuck these racist police, no justice no peace," and "killer cops, go to jail."

In the above video, a police officer can be seen telling the protestors that they need to keep it down or they will be arrested. When someone demands to know on what grounds, the officers says it would be for disturbing the peace and demonstrating without a permit.

Police said that when the group refused to stop blocking the sidewalk or be quiet, they took seven people into custody: Joel Northam, Nathaniel Chase, Araminta Jeffreys, Michael Bento, Vienna Rye, Nabil Hassein, and Jason Woody. The first six were charged with inciting a riot, unlawful assembly, and disorderly conduct. Woody, who police said grabbed an officer's arm and slammed it against the ground, was further charged with assault and injuring a police officer (the officer had a cut on his finger).

According to Twitter user Ash J, who documented the protest and arrests, 10 police officers were surrounding Woody.

After Liang's sentencing yesterday, Thompson said that he "respectfully disagree[s] with the judge's decision to reduce the jury's verdict and will fight to reverse it on appeal."

In a statement today about the protest outside his house, Thompson said, "these efforts to harass and intimidate my family, frighten my young children and disturb my neighbors at one in the morning will not deter me from doing what is right."

As of this afternoon, the seven arrested had not yet been arraigned or released. The DA's office said that is expected to happen late this evening. Meanwhile, activists are taking to social media to encourage others to demand that the DA drop the charges.