Video: Police in Riot Gear Break Up Workhouse Jail Protest in St. Louis

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Nearly 200 protesters gathered at the Workhouse Jail in North St. Louis City on Friday, July 21, in response to the high temperatures and the jail having no air conditioning. Protesters shouted “Shut it down” while the inmates yelled for help to the group. At one point the outer security fence was lifted at the bottom by protesters pushing it in, and one protester climbed onto the next fence before police moved in. None of the protesters were arrested at that point. A couple hours into the protest, police in riot gear came out while an unlawful gathering was declared. Soon after police used riot shields and pepper spray to disperse the crowd off of the prison property where one arrest was made.

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