The issue of police brutality Ferguson. Mo. (and all over the country, for that matter) hasn’t ended because news networks are no longer running 24-hour coverage of the St. Louis suburb. Protestors shut down I-70 in St. Louis Wednesday (Sept. 10), leading to the arrest of 35 people.
Police on Wednesday arrested dozens of protesters threatening to shut down a portion of Interstate 70 near Ferguson, Missouri.
Some demonstrators threw rocks at police during the emotionally charged protest, aimed at persuading Gov. Jay Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate last month’s shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. CNN witnessed about two dozen people being taken into custody after refusing to leave the street.
A crowd of protesters started gathering Wednesday afternoon on entrance and exit ramps to the interstate, stopping traffic on a nearby road but not the interstate itself.
As of 7 p.m., state troopers had arrested 35 people. Most of them face unlawful assembly charges, Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum said. Four are charged with assault on a law enforcement officer.
Police say bricks, stones, rocks, glass bottles and water bottles were thrown at officers. One protest organizer told CNN the objects were thrown by “professional agitators,” not protesters.
The protest followed a city council meeting where residents raised, and comes one month after teen Michael Brown was shot dead by Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. Despite all the national attention, no arrests have been made, angering those in the Midwest suburb.
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