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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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66 Comments

66 Comments

  1. T.JONES

    October 5, 2017 at 6:48 am

    GOOD THAT YOUR ASS WAS TAKEN TO JAIL NOW IF THEY WOULD THROW THE KEYS FAR FAR FAR AWAY.BREAD AND WATER MAYBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Dowlena Pitts

    October 5, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Well what in the hell did they expect? A slap on the wrist ?!?

  3. 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

    • Frank J Panzer Jr

      October 5, 2017 at 10:28 am

      people take a chance of injury when they protest,things like this ,there is no reason to stop people from going home,what do the protesters a small fine,wrong they need fines up to 10,000 dollars and 30 days in jail,lose of jobs and no state aid.

    • Susan Daniels

      October 8, 2017 at 7:55 pm

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

  4. Charlotte keenan-Poirier

    October 5, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Good to hear finally getting arrested , Lock them up …
    Thank You..

  5. bluewren

    October 5, 2017 at 7:39 am

    It was a lot of extra work for the police who could probably have been better employed elsewhere.The protesters were treated very well but I do think strong heavy water hoses would be a good alternative and should be invested in.Especially for when the weather gets colder.

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  7. 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

        • Kenneth

          October 5, 2017 at 11:12 pm

          I agree. Get rid of the ACLU it is the second largest terrorist organization on the planet- RIGHT BEHIND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

    • Fannie

      October 5, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Yes – thumbs up for St Louis police.

  8. DEBBIE

    October 5, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I WOULD HAVE RUN THEIR ASSES OVER

  9. 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.

    • Jay

      October 9, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Yea if you hadn’t noticed this group doesn’t care to much what happens to others.

  10. edward

    October 5, 2017 at 10:42 am

    what gives these people the right to do what ever they want with no respect for others because they don’t agree with something they cant just shut down highways when ever they fell like it

  11. Glenn

    October 5, 2017 at 10:47 am

    It seems this idiotic behavior was quickly nipped in the bud.
    If only the paid protesters which are bused in could be dealt with
    as quickly!

  12. Sharon Apple

    October 5, 2017 at 10:50 am

    If they or anyone blocks a freeway, I say arrest them. That is no way to handle things. Some cities allow such nonsense like this go on without accountability, so therefore people think that they should be able to close down freeways anytime they feel like it. Officals are afraid to do anything to blacks because they are afraid of the lawsuits that are going to come later. Stupid. Other race groups don’t do things like this. Blacks think that they can do anything they want to just because they are black. It’s time for this to stop.

  13. Myles Morrisen

    October 5, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Law and order is a must.

    I think anyone blocking roads, are total trash, if anyone tried to stop me, I would treat them as a threat and have no chose but to run them over, then ring the Police and report what has happend.
    They are Criminals, Scum, they need to get a life.

  14. don mills

    October 5, 2017 at 11:06 am

    its about time police did the right thing,non violent protests are fine but not in the streets which are both hazardous and causing a danger to others

  15. 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 !!!!!!

  16. roger domnie

    October 5, 2017 at 11:30 am

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

  17. 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.

    • Mauri

      October 5, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Why in the hell would anyone want to vote someone like Bruce Franks into office??? He broke the law so I hope the judge throws the book at him.

  18. June Wilson

    October 5, 2017 at 11:52 am

    What a bunch of idiots!!!

  19. Margaret

    October 5, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I rather run them over.

  20. Princess Diana

    October 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I haven’t figured out what all of these protests are for but people need to get a grip. Good grief, enough is enough!

  21. 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.

  22. bee shepard

    October 5, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    There is absolutely no excuse for these individuals to be blocking the freeway which is breaking the law. The police had no choice but to arrest them especially if they did not comply with the police officers orders. There are many reasons why we need law: to regulate society; to protect people; to enforce rights and to solve conflicts. Laws prevent or deter people from behaving in a manner that negatively affects the quality of life of other people, therefore the consequences of breaking the law often fit the crime. These protesters are sick demented people who refuse to abide the laws.

  23. el cid

    October 5, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Run em over

  24. Bob Foster

    October 5, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Good for the police, the only problem I see is they didn’t get all they desirved. This type action should be considered criminal and they should get prison time. Every one of them.

  25. Strongbow

    October 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm

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

    • Rich T

      October 5, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Loitering

    • Merida McKnight

      October 7, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      I agree!

  26. CelticCat2015

    October 5, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Well done, St. Louis Police Dept!

    Protests are supposed to be peaceful. It’s against the law to block businesses, government buildings and public roads.

    Protesters like these have been getting away with all of this in most of our cities for several years now because liberal mayors, liberal city councils, the ACLU and liberal judges refuse to uphold our laws.

    And lets not forget law-ignoring, criminal-sanctioning people like State Representative Bruce Franks Jr and Steven Hoffman, a ‘legal observer for the National Lawyers Guild who was there to monitor police behavior’.

    People are fed up with our police not being allowed to do their jobs as well as the blocking of traffic that often includes ambulances, fire trucks and emergency responders who are trying to get somewhere in order to save lives.

    Also, many motorists have found out the hard way that if they stop, THEY become victims of violence from the protesters. It’s because of this violence that some states have even passed laws saying a motorist will not be charged if they drive through illegal protest lines like this one.

    The St. Louis Police Dept most likely saved some lives by not allowing these imbeciles to block that highway. But then, those imbeciles won’t ever figure THAT one out since THEY’RE too dumb to even move out of the way when they see a vehicle driving down on them!

  27. Rep

    October 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Quick Fix…arrested for unlawful protest (blocking a hwy), lose your driver’s license for 3 months.That will stop this nonsense fast!

  28. Bruce

    October 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Arresting them means nothing if they are not actually punished. They may be issued tickets, and then some liberal judge will throw them all out. See it happen too often. No media coverage of the aftermath. Without punishment there is no deterrent.

  29. 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.

  30. Claudette Zuber

    October 5, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    When-you-offend-irritate-agitate-and-inconvenience-the-very-people-you-want-to-gain-sympathy-from-well…not-too-bright.
    Attention-is-centered-on-your-offensive-behavior-rather-than-your-cause.DUH

  31. elena

    October 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    everything was done right, except the “loiterers” who set up a tent in front of the justice center should have been arrested because i am sure the law states you cannot loiter in a public place. come back in the morning.

  32. 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.

  33. christy garcia

    October 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    what do they expect the people on the freeway might have a emergency to get to or a sick child at home they need to get to the people stuck on the freeway are having there rights taking away being held against there will .

  34. david barton

    October 5, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    the police are doing what has do be done arrest them and see how they like being in jail and it makes no difference who you are if your in that group you go to jail well done to the police

  35. Benae Rochin

    October 5, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Not sure what message they’re trying to send? Run them over…

  36. MAURICE

    October 5, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    How about the purpose for the protest, does that even matter? Maybe if people like yourselves were a bit more concerned about the purpose/reasoning for the protest, just maybe you wouldn’t see or have to deal with them because there would be know reason to protest. Just saying !!! Keep ignoring and they will keep trying to get your attention.

  37. John H. Montgomery Jt

    October 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    This need to be done all the time. Fine them and jail them. Arrest again, big fine and jail. At this point, they are enemy of the state. Does BLM pay their people in jail.

  38. 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

  39. Anita Oran

    October 5, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Well, I’M shocked that State Rep. Franks is shocked! Isn’t he a member of the legislative body that make law? It’s illegal for protesters to block any thoroughfares used by the public, right? Another great job, law enforcement. Keep it up and GOD bless you.

  40. Signetring54

    October 5, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    How many of these zealots do you think actually hold down regular jobs? They’re all dweebocytes.

  41. Peter Dunning

    October 5, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Run the over first, then arrest what’s left !!!!

  42. Abby Abbott-Ewen

    October 5, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Unfortunately, they were allowed this conduct for way TOO long, and resent that the rules are back in play!! OUR FAULT was INCONSISTENCY, THEIR FAULT is NON ACCOUNTABILITY !!

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. sarita

    October 5, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Leftists are either retarded or evil. Or both.

  46. Malta

    October 6, 2017 at 12:45 am

    It’s time to stand up against these nitwits. Someone could have easily been hit by a vehicle and who/what would have been the charge. Protest if you must in an open clear area no disruption traffic. If any of these arrested are illegal aliens they need to be deported immediately. The rest of the idiots should have to appear in court and have heavy/excessive fines imposed, and if they can’t pay the fine put their asses in jail for 6 months. Let Soros and gang pay for promoting lawlessness and havoc!These idiot politicians should be dismissed immediately!!!

  47. Mike

    October 6, 2017 at 1:26 am

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

  48. Julie

    October 6, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    What should have been done was done! These protesters know it’s illegal to do this but in the past the police just let it happen, so they expect to continue to get away with it. The public has nothing to do with the officer’s acquittal so whether or not the decision to acquit was arguable or not, take your fight to the people who made that decision, not the innocent public! The best part is that the state rep. also got what he deserved for sharing in this! Politicians seem to think they are above the law! His constituents need to vote his butt out since he wants to act the part of a moronic leftist! Great move by St. Louis police dept.!

  49. kickstar

    October 7, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Many of those arrested were in fact illegal Aliens who have no right to even be in the US. let alone block freeways.I hope ICE has been alerted to these people before they are released.

  50. sandi masopust

    October 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    EVERY Police Dept, across the country needs to do EXACTLY this, at the FIRST sign of breaking the law. Peaceful protests are one thing, blocking traffic, taking over streets, public parks without documentation/permits, masks, lock EVERY single person up.
    Enough of this garbage.

  51. Jan Ludo

    October 7, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Run them over and do not send an ambulance to save them. They will never do it again.

  52. tom dee

    October 7, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Lots of traffic tickets should be given to the protestors. I would use the traffic laws to inflict painful costs to these idiots. Any time they are locked up helps keep the peace so protest away & enjoy your time locked up

  53. Liz

    October 7, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Is Missouri the state where you can legally run over protestors? I have no patience left for liberals. They have no right to block traffic. Protesting criminals arrest is getting old and tired…

  54. Scuba Steve

    October 8, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Arrest TRASH when they act like TRASH. Someone has to take it out.

  55. Mark Bowie

    October 9, 2017 at 1:22 am

    A wasted opportunity to show off those newly aquired MRAP vehicles and demonstrate how versatile they are. Perfect for breaching walls of stupid people blocking a highway.

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