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Ferguson protesters arrested at Crabtree Valley Mall

Posted November 28, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014

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— Eleven people protesting a Missouri grand jury’s decision in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown were arrested Friday evening at Crabtree Valley Mall, according to a mall spokesperson.

According to witnesses, the protest started with just a handful of people, but quickly grew to a group of about 25 people in the food court. At one point chanting broke out and protesters began lying on the floor.

Maurice Sanders witnessed the protest in the food court. He said it made a lasting impression.

"I think it's really good," he said. "I think it's bringing awareness to the country as a whole that what happened in Ferguson is very important especially for young folks."

According to a mall spokesperson, the protest was supposed to be silent and peaceful, but around 6:15 p.m. the group began blaring bullhorns. She said when the group started causing a safety issue they were asked to leave. The group of demonstrators re-entered the building and when they refused to leave, arrests were made, she said.

In suburban St. Louis, demonstrators temporarily shut down three large malls.

Several stores lowered their security doors or locked entrances as at least 200 protesters sprawled onto the floor while chanting, "Stop shopping and join the movement," at the Galleria mall in Richmond Heights a few miles south of Ferguson, Missouri, where Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, who was unarmed, in August.

The action prompted authorities to close the mall for about an hour Friday afternoon, while a similar protest of about 50 people had the same effect at West County Mall in nearby Des Peres. It didn't appear that any arrests were made. Later Friday, the appearance of several dozen demonstrators led to the early closing of the Chesterfield Mall.

The protests, along with demonstrations in Chicago, New York, Seattle and northern California — where protesters chained themselves to trains — were among the largest in the country on Black Friday.


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  • PanthersFan45 Dec 1, 2014

    I agree with the other posters. Seems like some of these protesters have little in common with the Grand Jury decision when you look at the signs they are holding up.

  • Objective Scientist Dec 1, 2014

    Freedom of speech, right to assemble, etc. - are "rights" that we have in the USA, and no one values all of our rights more than I do. That said... it is always an issue when one person or group's exercise of their rights interferes with the rights of someone else. When demonstrations - regardless of "cause" or reason - hinder or prevent other "law-abiding" citizens from operating their business, or the demonstrations interfere with the safe movement of others throughout public places, etc. - such demonstrations have "crossed a line" and cannot be allowed. If I were a shop owner in the mall who was struggling to "make end's meet" with my business/livelihood and the mall is closed or potential customers are "driven away" by fear of the demonstrations - frankly, I'd be "mad as hell" - EVEN IF I supported the "cause" of the demonstrators! Demonstrators need to realize that ill thought-out demonstrations that interfere with other's "rights" do no good for their cause!!!

  • glarg Dec 1, 2014

    11 people!

    And they are protesting a a hodge podge of everything from minimum wage to consumerism. They only left out fracking.

  • scvmcdoc Dec 1, 2014

    Obviously they don't realize how silly they look. Due process of law was followed and there wasn't evidence to justify a trial. These protesters need to go get a job, but that will be more difficult for them now that they have an arrest record if they didn't already.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Dec 1, 2014
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    It appears as though this is just another demonstration for no particular reason. The article suggests it is about Ferguson, MO, but why the sign about low wages? Next time someone needs to show up with a VN era stop the war sign to complete the list of protest reasons. Get an education, get a job, and obey the law, pretty simple rules to live by, millions of people do it every day.