Police shut down a large shopping St. Louis mall on “Black Friday” to arrest black activists protesting racial injustice. The arrests included a state Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. (D), a black lawmaker who could be heard screaming in pain in video that shows multiple officers on top of the handcuffed officer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Dozens of black people waited outside the St. Louis County Jail for the release of the one woman and six men arrested during the peaceful protest.
“When they come out the door, we want them to know we’re here for them,” said the Rev. Darryl Gray outside the jail.
Earlier this month, black clergy announced targeted economic boycotts that included the St. Louis Galleria in Richmond Heights, the scene of today’s police altercation.
The boycott followed the September 15 acquittal of white former police officer Jason Stockley, who had been charged for a 2011 shooting death of black suspect Anthony Lamar Smith.
Early in the day, Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. had posted about the protest on Twitter.
What a beautiful day to go shopping! Together pic.twitter.com/JUCEZEiFXP
— Bruce Franks Jr (@brucefranksjr) November 24, 2017