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Police Arrest Dozens of Protesters, Journalists, Legal Observers in Ferguson, State of Emergency Declared


Today, on the heels of a weekend of action commemorating the 1-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of police, several hundred protesters marched on the Thomas Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in Saint Louis, Missouri to demand the Department of Justice take action to stop racially-biased policing. Protesters read aloud a petition to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate police departments that arrest and brutalize black communities at disproportionate rates.

After the petition was read, approximately 50 protesters sat down and linked arms in front of police barricades. In addition to those engaging in civil disobedience, police arrested legal observers from the National Lawyers Guild, along with nationally-known Black Lives Matter activists Deray McKesson and Johnetta Elzie, who were documenting the event.

Last night, police in Indianapolis killed 15-year-old Andre Green, who was suspected of carjacking. On Friday, 19-year-old Christian Taylor was killed by Texas police. Both men were black. To date, police have killed almost 1,100 people since Michael Brown was killed. The Washington Post reports unarmed black people are 7 times more likely to be killed by police than unarmed white people.

Activists in Saint Louis are encouraging supporters to call 314-615-5245 to demand the immediate release of the arrested activists.

 



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