State troopers and St. Louis city and county officers warned the roughly 150 demonstrators who gathered to stay out of the road as they protested last month's shooting of Michael Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old, by a white officer. There were nearly as many officers as demonstrators.
Organizers said the protest in Berkeley was designed as an act of nonviolent civil disobedience similar to a 1999 demonstration in the same location. During that protest, hundreds of people shut down the interstate in a dispute over minority hiring for road construction projects.
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Wednesday's protest near Ferguson followed a tense meeting of the city's elected leaders Tuesday night. The Ferguson City Council held its first meeting since Brown was killed, hoping to use the gathering as a chance to promote community healing. Instead they were met with anger and warnings from constituents that council members would be voted out of office.
The protesters' chief demand both Tuesday and Wednesday was for the arrest of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, whom some witnesses say shot Brown while his hands were raised. They also want St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch, the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty, to step down over concerns that he can't impartially judge the evidence.
35 arrested after protests near I-70 over Michael Brown shooting
by Associated Press
Posted on September 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM
Updated today at 5:10 AM