CCN You thought the protests in Ferguson, Missouri were over? Think again. A massive protest and march was recently planned to shut the Interstate 70 highway down.
A wall of police officers showed up in riot gear to try to keep the protesters at bay. Still, late afternoon commuters said that there was a noticeable effect on traffic that definitely got everyone’s attention. Local media widely covered the protest and its effects, but nationally, the mainstream media seems to have grown tired of covering anything Ferguson or Michael Brown-related.
The highway shut down was warned against by St. Louis city and county officers who told the hundreds of demonstrators to stay off of the road. The protesters were speaking out against last month’s shooting of Michael Brown, an African American, unarmed 18-year-old, killed by a Caucasian police officer.
To thwart the shut down, the city brought out nearly as many officers as demonstrators.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum said that 35 of the protesters were arrested in a massive act of civil disobedience. Most were simply charged with unlawful assembly.
Sgt. Nothum claimed that many of the protesters threw rocks, concrete blocks, bricks and bottles, but there was no footage to back up the charges four faced of assault on a law enforcement officer.
Later, last Wednesday, a crowd including 20 local union workers who operate public transit buses and trains for the region’s Metro system turned out in solidarity.
“We’re out here to show support,” Antoin Johnson, 30 explained. “We feel that an injustice has been done.”
The protesters said that their one main demand is for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson to be arrested. Secondarily, they explain that they want St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch, to step down over concerns that he isn’t able impartially judge the evidence since he is the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty.
McCulloch, of course, refused this request.
(Article by Jackson Marciana and Avtar Barshan)