Jail prison cell generic

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eight demonstrators were arrested Thursday near the Missouri Governor's Mansion during a protest against a recently-passed crime bill.

The arrests began after some of the protesters blocked intersections by lying in the street, and ignored police orders to disperse, police spokesman David Williams said.

KRCG-TV reported the protest was aimed at a crime bill recently signed by Gov. Mike Parson. Those involved said they believed the crime bill is too harsh against people and does not address crime itself.

A video shows some protesters being pepper-sprayed during the arrests.

Following the arrests, demonstrators moved from the Governor’s Mansion to the Capitol where the protest died down.

KRCG reported most of the protesters were from the St. Louis area and police said only one of those arrested was from Jefferson City. The arrests were for unlawful assembly and resisting/interfering with an arrest, police said.

For copyright information, check with the distributor of this item, KRCG-TV.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.