Protesters hoping to stop traffic on highways around St. Louis

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(KTVI)- Some demonstrators who marched in Ferguson on saturday are calling for another protest today..  Stopping traffic on area interstates at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The three weeks of demonstrations have certainly stopped the traffic in Ferguson, with roads like West Florissant closing on an almost daily basis. Now some protesters are hoping to stop traffic on the highways around St. Louis.

It is a proposed act of civil disobedience that was pitched Sunday to the one thousand people who attended the national march on Ferguson in response to the killing of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson.

The idea is for drivers to stop their cars on streets and highways all over town for four and a half minutes. Their halt is symbolizing the four and a half hours Brown's body was lying in the street. Even some who support the demonstrations worry about unintended consequences.

"I don`t think that would be very safe to do, just stop traffic.  I`m not saying it`s not worth the cause, but just to up and stop traffic like that, no.  I would not approve of that," said Brian Bradley.

Zaki Baruti says, "if some of our demands are not dealt with, you`ll see more civil disobedience in the spirit of Dr. King, because we`re not just going to sit by and just let injustice be constantly affecting us."

St. Louis county police say such a move could create -quote- a deadly situation. Those leading the demonstrators say you'll see more such civil disobedience.

Monday morning, civil rights activist and lawyer, Eric Vickers, has sent a letter to President Obama advising him of a plan to shut down I-70 on September 10th.

He says they feel "morally obligated" to carry out this peaceful civil disobedience because Governor Jay Nixon has rejected calls to appoint a special prosecutor in the Michael Brown case.

Letter in full:

Honorable Barack H. Obama

United States of America

Washington, D.C.

Dear President Obama:

Per the attached letter to  Missouri Governor Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon dated August 28, 2014, this is to provide notice that We will commence a direct action campaign against the State of Missouri, beginning with a peaceful civil disobedience shut-down of Interstate 70 on
September 10, 2014.

We feel morally obligated to take this action because Missouri's Governor has rejected all pleas by African-American and other leaders, locally and nationally, for the appointment of a special prosecutor in the Michael Brown matter.

If there is to be justice in Missouri, it must begin with the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Eric E. Vickers 



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