143 Arrested at Interstate Shutdown Protest in St. Louis

Protesters met on October 3 in a Schnucks grocery store parking lot and split into two groups, one of the drivers and one of the passengers to go into the planned action. The cars drove onto all lanes and shoulders of eastbound Interstate 64 and stopped. Protesters who weren’t driving exited the cars and formed a line across the eastbound lanes. A few minutes later after letting some traffic through, the protesters started marching as other protesters drove their cars behind them. The march went from the Compton overpass to Jefferson Street where the protesters marched up the exit ramp as the police cars driving through traffic were getting closer.

As protesters marched north on Jefferson Street a line of police in riot gear blocked the road at the intersection of Jefferson and Market. Protesters then stood on the sidewalk as police surrounded them on all sides. The protest ended with police kettling and arresting 143 people, including myself and other journalists. If you want to read more about this, here a couple links.

https://cpj.org/2017/10/st-louis-probe-into-police-handling-of-protests-mu.php

https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/freelance-photographer-daniel-shular-arrested-st-louis/

After the arrests, a group of protesters set up tents in front of the Justice Center in Downtown St. Louis and waited for everyone to be released. As protesters were released they were given water, food, cigarettes, and legal help at the public entrance of the jail. 

Protesters form a line as they wait for more to join them on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 in St. Louis, MO on October 3, 2017.

Protesters on the highway open the line to let some traffic through so more protesters’ cars can reach the front of traffic in St. Louis, MO on October 3, 2017.

More protesters join line on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 in St. Louis, MO on October 3, 2017.

Some protesters look up to the police on the Compton Overpass as they block traffic on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 in St. Louis, MO on October 3, 2017.

Protesters lock arms before they begin marching on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 in St. Louis, MO on October 3, 2017.

Police watch and film protesters who are blocking traffic on the eastbound lanes on Interstate 64 in St. Louis, MO on October 3, 2017.

Protesters begin marching in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 after blocking traffic in St. Louis on October 3, 2017.

Protesters begin marching in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 after blocking traffic in St. Louis on October 3, 2017.

Protesters begin marching in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 after blocking traffic in St. Louis on October 3, 2017.

Protesters begin marching in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 after blocking traffic in St. Louis on October 3, 2017.

Protesters marching with their fists in the air after blocking traffic on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 in St. Louis on October 3, 2017.

Protesters marching onto the Jefferson Street off ramp after blocking traffic in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 St. Louis on October 3, 2017.

A protester holds up an umbrella with Black Lives Matter written on it as the group marches north on Jefferson Street in St. Louis, MO on October 3, 2017.

After Interstate 64 was shut down during a demonstration, Missouri State Representative Bruce Franks, Jr. leads chants in front of protesters on Jefferson Street in St. Louis on October 3, 2017.

Police in riot gear surrounds protesters and journalists on Jefferson Street using a tactic called kettling, where there is no exit and a mass arrest happens in St. Louis, MO on October 3, 2017.

Police in riot gear surrounds protesters and journalists on Jefferson Street using a tactic called kettling, where there is no exit and a mass arrest happens in St. Louis, MO on October 3, 2017.

Protesters sit on the ground after being told to by police during a kettle after a protest shut down eastbound traffic on Interstate 64 in St. Louis, MO on October 3, 2017.

Police begin making arrests of protesters and journalists inside the kettled area after a protest shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 in St. Louis on October 3, 2017.

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