ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Three people were arrested in Downtown St. Louis Wednesday as protesters attempted to enter City Hall. A large group attempted to enter the building, which police say was closed. They confirm pepper spray was used on some demonstrators.
The downtown protest began a little before noon. The group blocked traffic at Market and Tucker for a short time. That went off without any incidents with police. It was the march to city hall that led to some trouble.
The protesters say much of what they are doing is peaceful, but that’s not getting as much attention. They say just because a few days have passed since the Grand Jury chose not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown doesn’t mean they’re losing steam.
“The way that we’re going about this, it’s not gonna slow down,” protester Marcus Mucherson said. “All I have to say is people who don’t want to get involved, try your best to stay away if possible. But if you’ve been out here and you know why you’re out here and you’re not following a bandwagon, then by all means come out and fight for your rights because if we don’t do it, no one else is going to.”
In Ferguson, Wednesday was quiet during the daylight hours.
A single man with a message about peace and God marched in front of the Ferguson Police station. That building was protected by about twenty national guard soldiers. All wore riot helmets and held shields, standing quietly watching the street as a moderate snow fell.
The man marching, Troy Donaldson of St. Louis, said he wanted to send a different message.
“I want for peace to perpetuate and permeate in our city and love to permeate in our city.”
Up the street repairs were being done on the Ferguson City Hall, where windows were broken the night before after rioters partially flipped then torched a police car.
The man replacing the glass, Mike Milligan, lives in nearby St. Ann. He says those who are going beyond just peaceful protest need to be stopped.
“They need to try to get past this and try not to take it out on their neighborhood or a friend’s neighborhood because somebody’s gonna get hurt,” he said.
FOX 2 Facebook fans posted a video of protesters trying to enter St. Louis City Hall.
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