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Sit-In at QuikTrip Gas Station in St. Louis Ends in 19 Arrests, Police Firing Tear Gas & Pepper Spray

Screen shot from livestreamer Rebelutionary Z of sit-in at the QuikTrip in St. Louis

As part of a weekend of actions in St. Louis, an unplanned civil disobedience action took place at a QuikTrip gas station early on Sunday. Police in riot gear—and holding shields and batons—broke up the action and arrested 19 people around 3 am.

Actions and events have been taking place under the banner of “Ferguson October.”

Thousands from the St. Louis area and from out of town have been protesting outside outside the Ferguson police station and in downtown St. Louis for justice for Mike Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was gunned down by white Ferguson police officer. They also have been showing support for the family of Vonderritt Myers, who an off-duty cop working a security job shot and killed on October 8.

Video captured by livestreamer Rebelutionary Z shows police lined up in the parking lot of the QuikTrip at Vandeventer & Chouteau. Media had already been ordered to stay in a certain area. Protesters are sitting peacefully on the ground with their arms locked alongside the brick wall of the gas station.



Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

An officer reaches down with his baton to break one of the protesters free. He takes his baton and repeatedly jabs it aggressively into the arms of the protesters. The end starts to beat a young white man wearing a green bandanna in the arm, and the force pushes his body into the brick wall multiple times until he is ripped away.

The young man disappears behind the line and a police officer steps forward to mace Rebelutionary Z and others, who had come to see what the police were doing to the protesters sitting on the ground.

According to Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), which has been doing legal support, the arrestees will not be released until later this afternoon at the earliest. Volunteers from MORE have been at the jail and plan to be there until they are free.

A report from Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, who was present for the action and arrests, indicates that around 100 people marched to the QuikTrip around 1 am. Leaders of the march specifically instructed people not to cause any property damage. They also stood by the entrance to keep watch so no one would enter or harm the building.

Nevertheless, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson tweeted a warning at 1:40 am that protesters were attempting to “storm” the Quiktrip:

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Sit-In at QuikTrip Gas Station in St. Louis Ends in 17 Arrests, Police Firing Pepper Spray

Screen shot from livestreamer Rebelutionary Z of sit-in at the QuikTrip in St. Louis

As part of a weekend of actions in St. Louis, an unplanned civil disobedience action took place at a QuikTrip gas station early on Sunday. Police in riot gear—and holding shields and batons—broke up the action and arrested 17 people around 3 am.

Actions and events have been taking place under the banner of “Ferguson October.”

Thousands from the St. Louis area and from out of town have been protesting outside outside the Ferguson police station and in downtown St. Louis for justice for Mike Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was gunned down by white Ferguson police officer. They also have been showing support for the family of Vonderritt Myers, who an off-duty cop working a security job shot and killed on October 8.

Video captured by livestreamer Rebelutionary Z shows police lined up in the parking lot of the QuikTrip at Vandeventer & Chouteau. Media had already been ordered to stay in a certain area. Protesters are sitting peacefully on the ground with their arms locked alongside the brick wall of the gas station.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

An officer reaches down with his baton to break one of the protesters free. He takes his baton and repeatedly jabs it aggressively into the arms of the protesters. The end starts to beat a young white man wearing a green bandanna in the arm, and the force pushes his body into the brick wall multiple times until he is ripped away.

The young man disappears behind the line and a police officer steps forward to mace Rebelutionary Z and others, who had come to see what the police were doing to the protesters sitting on the ground.

According to Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), which has been doing legal support, the arrestees will not be released until later this afternoon at the earliest. Volunteers from MORE have been at the jail and plan to be there until they are free.

A report from Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, who was present for the action and arrests, indicates that around 100 people marched to the QuikTrip around 1 am. Leaders of the march specifically instructed people not to cause any property damage. They also stood by the entrance to keep watch so no one would enter or harm the building.

Nevertheless, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson tweeted a warning at 1:40 am that protesters were attempting to “storm” the Quiktrip:

Dotson sent another tweet indicating that police had alerted other QuikTrips that they may be targeted and should be prepared. It deliberately hyped the fear that hoodlums were going to be descending upon local businesses again just as happened in isolated incidents in the immediate aftermath of Mike Brown’s death. However, there was no basis at all for suggesting that any business was under any real threat to its property — other than the fact that protesters were going to use the station for a political action. (more…)

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