While the rest of the world was watching news about the Las Vegas shooting, Black Lives Matter protesters have continued to disrupt the daily life of innocent citizens in St. Louis. And they have continued to get away with it, only receiving minor slaps on the wrist.
That is until Tuesday night, when the police arrested protesters for blocking a major highway.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported:
Police took 143 people into custody Tuesday night after a group of protesters blocked the eastbound lanes of Highway 40 (Interstate 64) at Kingshighway.
That’s the highest number of arrests at once since protests began Sept. 15 over the not-guilty ruling in the murder case against former city patrolman Jason Stockley.
The roadway Tuesday reopened shortly after 8 p.m., when the demonstrators got off the interstate at the Jefferson Avenue exit. The arrests came as the protesters began marching north on Jefferson Avenue.
Protesters were nearing Market Street when they were met by a police line and they moved onto the sidewalk.
The protesters chanted: “We don’t see a riot here. Why are you in riot gear?” and “Touch one, touch all.”
Police ordered protesters to the ground, then began systematically handcuffing them and packing them into about a dozen police vans.
Among the perps was a Missouri State Representative.
… State Rep. Bruce Franks, D-St. Louis, and the Rev. Starsky Wilson were apparently among those arrested.
We getting locked up!
— Bruce Franks Jr (@brucefranksjr) October 4, 2017
An estimated 126 to 145 people were arrested. Each day the protesters communicate by posting the new locations of protests on this Facebook page.