(CMR) A courthouse in upstate New York was closed for fumigation Tuesday after hundreds of cockroaches were reportedly released during an arraignment on Tuesday.
According to NBC New York, a clash broke out during proceedings in Albany City Court for four people for an arrest at the state Capitol. A defendant who started to film the courtroom proceedings was told to stop. According to the state court system, hundreds of cockroaches brought into the courthouse in plastic containers were released in the altercation that followed.
Clyanna Lightbourn (34) was arrested in relation to the incident for charges including disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration, and tampering with physical evidence.
“What transpired is not advocacy or activism; it is criminal behavior with the intent to disrupt a proceeding and cause damage,” read a statement from the Office of Court Administration.