143 Arrested After Protest Blocks Highway Traffic

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say 143 people were arrested following a protest that shut down a busy highway near downtown St. Louis.

The department on Wednesday did not say what charges those arrested during Tuesday night’s protest will face, but a spokeswoman for the Circuit Attorney’s office says they likely will face charges in municipal court.

Protesters gathered Tuesday and marched to Interstate 64, where some of them walked onto the roadway and blocked traffic for several minutes. Police arrested protesters after they left the highway.

Demonstrators have been protesting since mid-September over the acquittal of a white former police officer, Jason Stockley, in the 2011 killing of a black drug suspect, Anthony Lamar Smith.

More than 300 people have been arrested during demonstrations since the judge’s verdict.

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  1. Drive through and crush them over. It is ILLEGAL to block a road and it is ILLEGAL to stop people from traveling. They are physically robbing people of their right to freedom of movement. You do not have to allow people to block you. Also, a mob of liberals can and have become instantly violent. Remember Reginald Denny and what they did to him?

    They are also stopping the flow of interstate commerce and that is a BIG no-no!

    Turn on your lights, blast your horn and drive through.

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