Protesters stopped traffic on a major highway in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, and staged a “die-in” near a children’s carousel in a mall. The latest demonstrations against a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson came after two protesters were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, overnight.
The August incident has sparked near-daily protests in Ferguson, and demonstrations reached beyond the St. Louis suburb. Protesters also targeted the mall to vent their frustration on Sunday, where they played dead near a carousel inside.
Protesters blocked I-395 and carried a banner that read “Police Violence Is A Human Rights Issue” as people obstructed the highway in both directions:
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The demonstration caused traffic to be backed up for miles.
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Police made some arrests, but it was unclear how many people were handcuffed, Washington’s NBC television affiliate reported.
A group of protesters also gathered in St. Louis near the Edward Jones Dome, where the NFL's St. Louis Rams were playing the Oakland Raiders. The demonstration was met with a response by police officers in riot gear.
About a hundred protesters demonstrated overnight in Ferguson, according to the Associated Press. Two of them, a 44-year-old man from Kansas City, Missouri, and a 33-year-old man from suburban St. Louis, were arrested. It’s unclear what prompted the arrests, but the 44 year old was handcuffed on charges of interfering with an officer while the 33 year old faces tampering, resisting arrest and interfering with an officer charges.
On Saturday, demonstrators also began a 120-mile march to the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City, Missouri, which is expected to take a week to complete. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been criticized for his actions in the aftermath of Brown's shooting, including not calling on a special prosecutor to oversee the case and declaring a state of emergency before the grand jury decision was announced. Some protesters saw the state of emergency, which allowed the Missouri National Guard to be activated, as a sign that the governor didn’t have faith that the protests would be peaceful.