Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DOZENS ARRESTED ON 4TH DAY OF ST. LOUIS PROTESTS

BY ALAN SCHER ZAGIER AND JIM SALTER
ASSOCIATED PRESs




AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Police arrested dozens of protesters during the final of four days of rallies and civil disturbance to express anger at the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb.

Organizers of the Ferguson October protests dubbed the day "Moral Monday" and committed acts of civil disobedience in and around St. Louis. More than 50 people were arrested.

Hundreds of protesters marched on Ferguson police headquarters where they stayed for almost four hours - despite torrential rain and tornado watches - to mark how long Brown's body was left in a Ferguson street after he was killed.

Some protesters used a bullhorn to read the names of people killed by police nationwide. Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy members - some of whom were among the first arrested - led a prayer service before marching to the police station two blocks away.

Protests have been common since Brown, who was unarmed, was killed by Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Tensions escalated last week when a white police officer in St. Louis fatally shot another black 18-year-old, Vonderrit Myers Jr., who police say fired the first shots