56 Protesters Arrested at Federal Courthouse in Downtown St. Louis

Police try to keep protesters from advancing arm in arm towards the entrance of the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Building in St. Louis on August 10, 0215. A group of about 200 protesters marched to the Federal Building as part of a day of disobedience held with the one year anniversary of the Michael Brown Jr. shooting death. About 50 people were arrested. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Police try to keep protesters from advancing arm in arm towards the entrance of the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Building in St. Louis on August 10, 0215. A group of about 200 protesters marched to the Federal Building as part of a day of disobedience held with the one year anniversary of the Michael Brown Jr. shooting death. About 50 people were arrested. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Police arrested 56 demonstrators attempting to enter the federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis as part of a day of civil disobedience marking one year since Michael Brown’s death. 
Those arrested were part of a larger group of some 200 protesters who blocked traffic as they marched through the heart of downtown chanting, “Black lives matter,” and, “The whole world’s watching.”

Many of those arrested are clergy, and the tone of the arrests – on both sides- was measured.

Police told the crowd to disperse, and when they didn’t, the group that had hopped over a perimeter fence to approach the entrance to the Thomas Eagleton Federal Courthouse were arrested without resistance or rough handling by police.

Organizer Tory Russell, co-founder of Hands Up United, says the message is the whole system of the way African Americans are treated by society needs reforming.

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Source: CBS St. Louis | Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)

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