Racist Activist Cornel West Among Protesters Arrested In St. Louis

Activist Cornel West is knocked over during a scuffle with police during a protest at the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri, October 13, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/JIM YOUNG

Hundreds of people demonstrated in the pouring rain in the St. Louis area on Monday, staging a series of rolling protests in the latest show of anger over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in August.

Several demonstrators were arrested in protests at the Ferguson Police Department where protesters sang “We Shall Overcome,” an anthem of the civil rights movement of half a century ago, and others chanted: “No justice, no peace.”

Protesters also attempted to shut down a street in front of Emerson Electric in St. Louis, holding signs reading: “Black lives matter,” and other slogans. Some demonstrators tried to block a major intersection in Ferguson, while others gathered to demonstrate at Soldiers Memorial Park, and some marched on St. Louis City Hall, where they tried to hang a banner reading: “Which side are you on?”

At least 19 people were arrested by St. Louis County police by early afternoon, according to St. Louis County spokesman Brian Schellman.

Several other events were scheduled through the day, said Mervyn Marcano, a spokesman for “FergusonOctober,” the four days of protests culminating on what organizers call “Moral Monday.”

Local and national clergy, civil rights groups, activists and community organizers were helping lead the demonstrations, which they said were aimed at drawing attention to what they say is police mistreatment of blacks, and building momentum for a national movement against police violence.

“This is a historic day,” said Marcano.

Many traveled from across the United States to join in the protests. One of those arrested on Monday at the police department was activist, author and academic Cornel West.

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