Two women were arrested after St. Louis Rams fans and protesters of recent police shooting deaths in the city clashed Sunday afternoon outside the Edward Jones Dome, police officials said. The incident reportedly took place after more than a dozen protesters gathered outside the St. Louis stadium.
Police reportedly said that fans leaving the stadium, after the Rams secured a victory over the Seattle Seahawks, argued with protesters. A scuffle broke out after one of the fans was hit by a protester. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a protester tried to jab a Rams fan with the pole of an upside down American flag. Two people were reportedly injured in the incident, while police said that the two protesters were arrested on assault charges.
"Seeing the flag fly upside down and I don't take too kindly to that, I don't think that's appropriate and I went up and said 'why are flying the flag upside down?' A young lady came up and spit in my face. I step back from her and next thing I know, I have a fist in my face," David Bolten, a Rams fan, said, according to KMOV, a local news outlet.
Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, has witnessed protests, which sometimes turned violent, since the shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black teen, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on Aug. 9. Tensions in the region escalated yet again after another black teen, Vonderrit Myers Jr., 18, was shot and killed by a white off-duty police officer on Oct. 8. Protesters have been demanding charges against Wilson, which will be determined by a grand jury hearing evidence in the case.
In an account of events of the day Brown was fatally shot, Wilson told investigators that he feared for his life during the encounter and was pinned down in his police car during a struggle for his gun. His account, which failed to explain why he emerged out of his vehicle and shot Brown multiple times, reportedly contradicts several eyewitness accounts.