Update: St. Louis County Police Department releases list of protestors that were arrested Wednesday’s altercation.
Masri, Bassem (27 years of age, Address: 15000 block of Coventry Farms in Chesterfield, MO, Charge: Fugitive from St. Louis City)
Peterson, Maxwell (24 years of age, Address: 20000 block of W. 68th in Wisconsin, Charge: Refusal to Disperse, Unlawful Assembly)
Poucher, Terry (29 years of age, Address: 1600 block of St. Genevieve in Farmington, MO, Charge: Refusal to Disperse, Unlawful Assembly)
Ragland, Rebecca (46 years of age, Address: 1100 block of Pine Tree Lane in Webster Groves, MO, Charge: Refusal to Disperse, Failure to Move Vehicle which is Obstructing Flow of Traffic)
Rodriguez, David (26 years of age, Address: 6200 block of 92nd Place in Oak Lawn, IL, Charge: Refusal to Disperse, Unlawful Assembly)
FERGUSON, Mo.—At least 40 protestors gathered in front of police department building in Ferguson, MO, on Wednesday at about 9:30 p.m., local time. They were met with roughly 30 policemen mostly in riot gear.
The protest went on without incident until the demonstrators blocked Florissant Road in front of the police station. After about a 5-minute standoff, the line of police pushed the protestors off the road. Similar situations then repeated several times. At least five protesters were arrested.
One of the arrested was Bassem Masri, he was capturing the whole event in a livestream. There is speculation as to whether or not the police targeted him, possibly viewing his livestream and then picking him out of the crowd.
In the video you can see the police in their riot gear are not wearing name tags, this raises questions in the minds of protestors. If an officer is unable to be identified due to riot gear and lack of name tag, how can they be held accountable for their actions?
Rasheen Aldridge, member of the Ferguson Commission formed Tuesday by the Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, was among the protestors. He said the protest didn’t erupt for any particular reason, it was just to, once again, voice dissatisfaction with how is the community is treated by police.
“Just another day in Ferguson,” Aldridge said.
The protestors chanted slogans demanding indictment of police officer Darren Wilson, who shot dead a local man Michael Brown on Aug. 9.
A Missouri grand jury should announce a decision of whether the officer will be indicted or not by the end of November.