Dr. Cornel West and St. Louis Clergy Arrested during Protests Over Shooting of Two Black Male Teens

A police officer looks back for help as he tries to keep protesters from advancing farther into the parking lot at the Ferguson, Mo., police station on, Oct. 13, 2014. (Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP)
A police officer looks back for help as he tries to keep protesters from advancing farther into the parking lot at the Ferguson, Mo., police station on, Oct. 13, 2014.
(Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP)

Police arrested clergy members and prominent activist and academic Cornel West on Monday as they led hundreds of protesters in a march to the police station to draw attention to police shootings nationwide.

The protests Monday were the culmination of “Ferguson October” — four days of activism and civil disobedience sparked by the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed, 18-year-old black man, by a white police officer on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb.

“Moral Monday,” as the activists called it, began Monday morning at Wellspring Church in Ferguson. The demonstrators walked two blocks to the police station in heavy rain as leaders with bullhorns read the names of people killed by police nationwide, including Venderrit Myers, Jr, 18, killed last Wednesday by a white police officer in St. Louis. Police say Myers, who is black, shot first.

At the police station, where about 40 police officers in riot gear formed a protective line between marchers and the police station, three activists drew a chalk outline of a man lying on the ground. March organizer Rev. Osagyefo Sekou called it “a memorial for the body of Michael Brown.”

“This space has already been sanctified by the youth and we just want to honor what they’ve done,” Sekou said.

Clergy members then faced the police officers and demanded they confess their sins and repent. “Our children, our black children, are being killed. Would you repent?,” one woman asked an officer who turned his face away from her.

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Source: USA Today |  Yamiche Alcindor

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