(St. Louis news site)
October 3, 2017
A large group of protesters blocked I-64/40 tonight for more than 30 minutes before exiting the highway and marching north down Jefferson Avenue.
The protesters were met with a line of riot cops at Market and Jefferson on the western edge of downtown St. Louis. With the street blocked off at both ends, livestreams showed protesters, including state Representative Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis), repeatedly asking nearby officers for direction. Officers ordered the crowd to “move back,” but there was there nowhere to go.
At 8:23 p.m., the cops ordered the group to sit on the ground and began making arrests.
The group began chanting, but, at least initially, did not resist. Police cuffed them and led them off one by one. “You are under arrest for being on the highway,” police told one man who questioned why there had been no order to disperse.
The protesters executed the stealth maneuver around 7:30 p.m. after initially meeting at Schnucks in the Central West End. But while some did meet there, others headed to the highway in their cars — and managed to use them to block other cars and let their comrades out on foot.
The protesters then marched down the highway, shouting and chanting, as cars waited helplessly behind them. Traffic was backed up all the way to Dogtown.
Among those arrested, according to those in attendance, were journalist Jordan Chariton of the Young Turks, the livestreamer Rebelutionary Z and at least one legal observer. The livestream cut off abruptly as an officer told the videographer he was under arrest.
State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr., a freshman lawmaker elected in November 2016, was also arrested. He reportedly used the rap name Ooops as part of a rap group called St. Louis Cypher. In a series of videos, some as recent as 2015, Franks rapped about shooting, stabbing, and dismembering people and hiding the evidence.
Franks himself tweeted a message that suggested he was under arrest at 8:28 p.m. — and sure enough, just after 10 p.m., the state representative posted on Facebook that he was in a cell in the Justice Center with veteran activist Stephen Houldsworth.
Earlier in the night, police could be seen loading people in vans on the outskirts of the assembly. Police announced the following morning that 143 demonstrators had been taken into custody.
Franks, along with multiple others on scene were arrested and released on October 4. They were charged with trespassing on the highway. Franks takes issue with that charge. “I don’t know how you trespass on something you pay for,” he says. (pssst … great choice to represent and vote in your legislature Missouri.)
It’s about time…a new article comments on how much overtime is costing St. Louis. If arrests of all street and violent protestors were done right away, then there wouldn’t be a need for a lot of overtime, loss of property, or irate citizens….just sayin’.
Given Antifa comments about November 4 or October 8 Columbus Day activities and their willingness to use guns and other weapons, it makes perfect sense to arrest and charge them with acts of violence and terrorism to overthrow our government. Isn’t it better to get these hoodlums off the street and save a police officer’s life or innocent bystanders? Or hey here is a thought…prepare a national database using those arrest records so that they could be arrested on a national scale and taken to federal court for federal prison time if you want to reduce state expenses.
Oh hey, does the No Gun laws apply to ANTIFA or just conservatives one needs to ask? How about knives and other handy weapons, shouldn’t there be laws taking away any objects from all citizens? I mean really…..