A Friday night forum organized by Black Lives Matter - New Bedford attracted more than 200 people to the Unitarian Church Downtown.

They heard testimony from several people who claimed they were unjustly harassed and arrested by police.

Hip-hop performer Tem Blessed recounted his arrest several years ago at UMass Dartmouth. It took 2 1/2 years, but the charges against him were eventually dropped.

Tem Blessed says its time for people in New Bedford to speak up, even police officers....

Tem Blessed says he's thankful for the support he received from family members and friends during his ordeal, but he's concerned about young people who encounter racism and don't have the support he had.

Also at the forum, American Civil Liberties Union attorney Carl Williams informed the audience about their rights if stopped by police.

He also predicted the "Black Lives Matter" movement would continue to grow in Massachusetts, with more protest marches coming in 2015.