Protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old resident Michael Brown, and the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson, protesters in St. Louis, Missouri have stormed the city’s police headquarters, according to local news channel KMOV.
As part of their “March to the Arch’’ protest, more than a dozen protesters entered the lobby of police headquarters, reading a list of demands. They also posted hundreds of “eviction notices’’ on the building’s exterior, accusing police of “perpetrating police brutality on our citizenry.’’
The eviction notice stated that protesters were informing police “that the police department is scheduled to be reclaimed by its citizens today, December 31, 2014,’’ charging the department with making itself “into a militarized occupying force.’’
The scene turned chaotic after officers attempted to remove protesters with pepper spray. Four women and one man have been arrested and will be charged with trespassing and police disturbance. The man arrested will also face a charge for assaulting a city marshal inside police headquarters.
Correction: An earlier version of the article misidentified the police department where the protests took place.