Protesters training to shut down Clayton following Brown grand jury announcement

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CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Protestors are making plans to shut down Clayton while they await the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Michael Brown. They want to hurt Clayton economically. The information was released Thursday night at one of their meetings in south St. Louis. Organizers said they’re hoping for hundreds if not thousands of people to show up in Clayton the first workday after the grand jury reaches a decision.

If the decision comes down Friday they plan to turn out in force Monday. They will meet in public green spaces and then they may spread out in small groups possibly taking part in civil disobedience like shutting down roads. There was talk that if they tried to stop trials in courtrooms they could get be put in jail for a longer time than just for blocking traffic.

Don’t Shoot Coalition Co-Chair Michael McPhearson wants people in the St. Louis area to know they are not encouraging violence. McPhearson said, “We want the people to know these meetings are about non- violence direct action. Some of it will be people talking people expressing themselves. There’s nothing we’re doing to try to create violence. We don’t want to diminish tension without there being change.”

Clayton police did not return our call for a comment. A spokesman for St. Louis County Police said they will support Clayton officers in any way that is needed.

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