120 Protesters Tried to Block a Freeway - It Did NOT End Well…
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120 Protesters Tried to Block a Freeway – It Did NOT End Well…

When protesters in St. Louis decided it would be a great idea to block a freeway in its third straight week of protests surrounding a former police officer’s acquittal on murder charges, very bad things happened.


Police arrested more than 120 of the protesters blocking the highway, The Daily Caller reports. Drivers were warned by police about the protest blocking the highway about 7:40 p.m. local time and had the freeway cleared by about 8 p.m.

Police managed to get the group off the road, ordering them to the ground and systematically handcuffed them and put them in the back of police transport vans for a quick trip to jail.

One of the protesters was State Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr., who was shocked that he got arrested for blocking a public right-of-way.

This was the second mass arrest since the acquittal of former officer James Stockley in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Clark. He was found not guilty on Sept. 15.

On Sept. 17, 130 protesters were arrested in what they called a “kittling” operation – an action that prompted complaints and misconduct lawsuits from the ACLU and others.

Steven Hoffman, a legal observer for the National Lawyers Guild who was there to monitor police behavior, said police didn’t use chemical agents while making arrests, according to the Post-Dispatch. The detail is crucial as the ACLU’s earlier lawsuit centers on police misusing chemicals like pepper spray during the previous mass arrest.

No retaliatory lawsuits have yet been filed in the wake of Tuesday night’s arrests.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the scene:

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.

After the sweep, police did not release any information on the number arrested or the charges, but St. Louis Alderman John Collins-Muhammad said 126 people were taken into custody.

Police spokeswoman Schron Jackson said Wednesday morning that police made 143 arrests of people for blocking traffic. Police were still compiling names, addresses and charges, which were expected to be released later.

Outside, a few dozen protesters whose friends were among the arrested spent the night on the front lawn and sidewalk of the Justice Center. They set up eight tents. Some had gone on a snack run before sunup. They said they were waiting to help bail friends out, once charges are filed.

You can expect howls of protest from leftists who will most certainly complain about their mistreatment, but what do people who block an entire freeway expect? What do you think? What is to be done with scores of leftist protesters who refuse to disperse an illegal protest?

Having the police arrest, handcuff them and haul them off to jail en masse is probably better than running them over.


What do you think? Sound off below with your comments!

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Ann

    October 5, 2017 at 7:02 am

    its not right to block public access to a highway,fire trucks,ambulances,police patrol are just a few to mention, people have to get home to their families. I’ve read where hot headed motorist run over them !! I wished that we would do what I see Europe does to protesters ( as long as children are not involved ) Police have water blasters, it must be strong pressure, they run and leave. Problem solved

    • Susan Daniels

      October 8, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      It’s against the law to block the roadway. Keep arresting them until they stop.

  2. Georgla Stafford

    October 5, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Thumbs Up for St. Louis Police – this is exactly what needs to happen – I’m So pleased the Police arrested – handcuffed- and immediately jailed them – This is exactly what they deserved – All cities should do this – then maybe they would learn not to block streets and highways.

    • Sally Becker.

      October 5, 2017 at 9:37 am

      The only problem the police have is that DAD-GUM ACLU right behind these criminals. I wonder what would have happened if one of the protesters had had a family member in a car a bit down the highway trying to get to a hospital?

      • Kathy

        October 5, 2017 at 9:17 pm

        the ACLU also needs to go

    • Fannie

      October 5, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Yes – thumbs up for St Louis police.

  3. Edwina

    October 5, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I agree with all the above comments. Yes they have a right to protest hold a d demonstration in a park or open ground, people might be inclined to listen more if you don’t directly intefer with their daily lives. Any one of the emergency services gets caught up on the blocked highway could be life or death to someone/someones.

  4. Betsy Cox

    October 5, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Yeah for the police and I hope the state rep got arrested too. Keep off the streets and stop these protests. Start showing some love and respect for we the people or leave and go somewhere that is better living than our great USA. Let me know when you find it !!!!!!

  5. roger domnie

    October 5, 2017 at 11:30 am

    salute you police department dept, just another day at the office………….

  6. BETH

    October 5, 2017 at 11:43 am

    So State Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr., who was shocked that he got arrested for blocking a public right-of-way. He needed to go to jail. He is not above the law. Now go get Hillary.

  7. June Wilson

    October 5, 2017 at 11:52 am

    What a bunch of idiots!!!

  8. Richard Misel Jr

    October 5, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I hopethe police slammed those terrorist around some. Those anti-America NAZI / FASCISTS COWARD’S must be treated like the SCUM they are.! They have NO right tomess with peoples lives and livlyhoods.

  9. Strongbow

    October 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    The protesters who set up tents should have been cited for camping without a permit.

  10. WANDA LE BEAU

    October 5, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I AGREE WITH THEM BEING ARRESTED. EVERY TIME THEY BLOCK A FREEWAY OR ANY THING ELSE.
    THEY GET AWAY WITH TO MUCH AS IT IS.

  11. billy miller

    October 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I agree with all of the above, a much better way to stop this bull shit from these retards would be to just run over them, that would end the problem.

  12. June Eisenhower

    October 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    GOOD JOB POLICE… KEEP ARRESTING THEM AND AFTER SECOND TIME, SHOULD BE MUCH STIFFER. WHY DO THEY THINK THEIR POOP DON’T STINK

  13. Billie McClune

    October 5, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Round them up and lock them up ,has always been the answer to stopping these thugs and those who are getting paid to promote violence. If they are found out again there should be harsher penal;ties given out. They were allowed to run ram pet when Obama was in the White House , as he was promoting violence and racial division. He is a Phony and a Traitor and is still causing discord and sticking his nose where it does not belong. Rules should be followed and no last minute Marches. There should be no signs promoting violence and no covering your faces and carrying weapons of any kind, period. We can agree to disagree but this is terrorists activity, plain and simple. No more shouting, “What do we want , Dead Cops”, as this is inciting people to do acts of Murder and cause violence. The Police are now allowed to do there job again, Thank God.

    • paulette

      October 6, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      @Billy,Very well said ,i agree

  14. Joan

    October 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Good job St. Louis Police.
    Is there anyway we could deport these things to NK I keep wishing

  15. sarita

    October 5, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Leftists are either retarded or evil. Or both.

  16. Mike

    October 6, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Seems like a lost opportunity to buy a running junk car and splat some fools.

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