It’s been a month since unrest hit Ferguson, Mo. following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, but residents and activists calling for the arrest of Wilson haven’t ended their demonstrations.
On Wednesday, protestors marching in the name of Brown attempted to shut down rush-hour traffic on Interstate 70, but were met with throngs of officers from St. Louis County and St. Louis City police officers.
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Residents and media on the scene reported that the number of law enforcement officers easily surpassed that of the 150 protestors gathered at the Interstate.
Overheard on the Ferguson livefeed: “There are way more police than there are protesters.” I’ve counted at least nine arrests.
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In the end, 32 people were arrested and charged with unlawful assembly. Four were charged with assault on law enforcement officers.
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Police say no one was injured during the three-hour stand-off. Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Al Nothum, however, did tell media that officers were pelted with rocks and water bottles.
“People didn’t get to shut the interstate down, so I think we can call it a success,” Nothum said.
But residents maintain that their goal was met — to bring attention to the fact that Wilson hasn’t been arrested and an unarmed teenager is dead.
Mauye Macon, 29, of Normandy, made an identical observation a few yards from the staffed police lines and law enforcement vehicles that choked off the street near the northwest corner of the North Hanley MetroLink Station parking lot.
“We didn’t have to block (the highway),” Macon said. “(The police) did it for us. Thank you. Mission accomplished.”
We’ll keep you updated with the latest from Ferguson.
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