(KTVI)-Ferguson October organizers, the group behind a weekend of marches and panels criticizing and discussing recent police-involved violence, say they are planning more direct action Monday after another night of clashes between police and demonstrators. Seventeen people were arrested. On Sunday, the group was training protestors for more nonviolent, civil disobedience action.
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Jasmin Maurer, who is taking part in the peaceful training, said, "Non-violence is really important because you're not going to change someone's mind by being violent. And also there is just so much more power in taking a stand and doing it nonviolently."
On Saturday night, police were prepared for demonstrators in the Shaw neighborhood. Streets in the neighborhood had been blocked. But protestors instead converged on a new Quik trip at Vandeventer and Chouteau. It was a reminder of what happened at the Ferguson QT that was looted and burned right after Michael Brown was shot and killed.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson took to Twitter.
Protesters sat down, surrounding the convenience store. Police in riot gear moved in. They brought out the pepper spray.
The chief tweeted.
When police began to move towards them many left. Some went to the makeshift memorial for 18 year old Vonerrick Meyers Jr., who was shot and killed Wednesday by an off duty officer.
Hours later, organizers issued a statement challenging Chief Dotson's tweet saying he was dishonest, that he was inciting anger and making matters worse.
The statement read in part, "The people of St. Louis are going to the greatest lengths to achieve justice and are being met with cowardice, hostility, and outright lies from the very institutions who do anything but serve and protect. This movement will continue to grow until we see justice instead of violent police in the streets of St. Louis.”