Protesters clash with cops in Ferguson on, “Day Against Police Brutality” – 2 arrests

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – There was a confrontation between protestors and police in Ferguson Wednesday night.  Officers brought out their rifles loaded with bean bags when some of the more than 100 people threw bottles at the cops.  At last report two people were arrested.  Police moved into the street and cleared the protestors, they had been blocking traffic. Officers appeared to also be armed with cans of mace and a police helicopter circled overhead.

Earlier the crowd formed at the corner of Canfield and West Florissant, only blocks away from where Michael Brown was shot and killed. This was part of an annual event.   It was the 19th anniversary of the National Day of Protest against police brutality, repression and the criminalization of a generation.

Organizers said demonstrations like this were being held across the county in eighty different cities.  Marcher Veronica Woolfolk said, “We are all one, we choose to love and not hate and anything that happens to black and brown lives because they do matter in black and brown communities it happens to us all.”

Organizer Lou Downey added, “There’s more people in prison in this country than anywhere else in the world there’s a whole program that involves both criminalizing people from the time their young teenagers particularly black and Latino youth, to driving them into the prison system so this is part of saying no we refuse to accept it this has to stop and we have to stop it.”

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