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15 arrested in Ferguson demonstration

29 November 2014, 15:11

Ferguson - Demonstrators temporarily shut down three large malls in suburban St Louis on one of the busiest shopping days of the year and then marched in front of the Ferguson police department to protest a grand jury's recent decision not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old.

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 Michael Brown, who was unarmed, in August.

The action prompted authorities to close the mall for about an hour on Friday, while a similar protest of about 50 people had the same effect at West County Mall in nearby Des Peres. Several dozen demonstrators led to a temporary closure of the Chesterfield Mall.

Also Read: Streets of Ferguson quiet after unrest

Later on Friday night, a group of about 100 protesters marched down West Florissant Avenue Florissant in front of the city's police and fire departments chanting, blocking traffic and stopping in front of some businesses.

Fifteen people were arrested, according to Missouri department of public safety spokesperson Mike O'Connell. He said charges would include peace disturbance and impeding the flow of traffic, and two people would be charged with resisting arrest and one with assault.

Monday night's announcement that Wilson wouldn't be indicted for fatally shooting Brown prompted violent protests that resulted in about a dozen buildings and some cars being burned. Dozens of people were arrested.

- AP


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