Police arrested a number of people in Ferguson, Missouri, overnight after protesters moved into the street and some in the crowd began throwing items at officers. The incidents again took place on West Florissant Avenue as more than 100 people gathered to demand justice following the Michael Brown shooting one year ago.
St. Louis County Police took the lead when officers decided to clear the streets after protestors moved from the sidewalks to the roadway and some in the crowd began throwing rocks and frozen water bottles. Some witnesses reported police used tear gas or smoke to break up the crowd. About two-dozen people were detained last night. On Monday afternoon, Around 60 people were arrested for blocking a stretch of Interstate 70 near the Blanchette Bridge during the Monday evening rush hour. During the lunch hour, 57 people were arrested at the Federal Building in downtown St. Louis when they moved beyond a police barricade and refused to move. Many of the arrests were part of a coordinated day of civil disobedience to demand changes to the justice system in Ferguson and throughout the country. Earlier in the day on Monday, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger issued a state of emergency, placing St. Louis County Police in charge of overseeing emergency management in the wake of violence in Ferguson on Sunday night.