As Many As 17 Placed Under Arrest During St. Louis Sit-in Against Police Brutality

Police officers in riot gear hold a line as they watch demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown and 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. at a QuikTrip convince store and gas station October, 12 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (AFP Photo/Joshua Lott)

St. Louis police have arrested at least 17 people for an “unlawful assembly” as activists staged a spontaneous sit-in outside a convenience store following a mass march, part of a four-day “Ferguson October” public event to protest police brutality.

Early on Sunday morning between 100 and 200 people marched on a QT (QuikTrip) convenience store at Vandeventer and Chouteau. Protesters sat down, surrounding the convenience store.

They staged a brief a sit-in at around 1 am local time, which local police spokeswoman Schron Jackson has called an “unlawful assembly”.

But according to Police Chief Sam Dotson, protesters were“attempting to storm” the store and showed “illegal behavior”.

Sam Dotson then tweeted that protesters started “throwing rocks at the police” as they were asked to leave the area.

Police reportedly used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

The impromptu sit-in outside QT was part of a two day “Ferguson October” public event, which lasts through Monday.

READ MORE: ‘Terror on American soil’: #FergusonOctober stages 4-day rally as shooting anger rages

Mass events have been planned on October 10-13 – the “Weekend of Resistance” – after a second black man 18-year-old Vonderrick Myers Jr was shot dead by an off-duty white police officer, who reportedly fired at him up to 17 times.

READ MORE: ‘Justice for everyone!’ Thousands stand up against police brutality in Ferguson, St. Louis

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