Protesters block street, chant outside St. Louis Police headquarters: 'Whose streets? Our streets'

The protest is happening with no opposition from police.

Sam Masterson
May 28, 2020 - 7:45 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - More than 50 protesters were out in front of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Headquarters in downtown, Thursday evening. 

They arrived after the rain cleared and blocked traffic on Olive Street at 20th. They chanted saying, "Whose streets? Our streets," and as of 7:30 p.m. weren't facing any opposition from police. 

They are out protesting in support of George Floyd, the black man who was killed in Minneapolis after an officer knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes. Four officers were fired for the incident. 

The St. Louis protesters were blocking traffic, including a Metro bus.  They are holding signs that say "Black Lives Matter" and others that reference Floyd's death.

Related: St. Louis activists broadcast live as buildings looted, burned in Minneapolis

KMOX spoke to one protester who arrived at Kiener Plaza around 4 p.m., he was one of just a handful at the time. 

"I want to march with my brothers and sisters against the injustices that are overtaking our county at this time and there's not too many people being indicted for them, especially the police," the protesters said, before marching up Olive Street towards police headquarters. 

Another protester says she's tired of hearing people say they're going to make changes, but she says, "every time I get on social media I see another death of an African-American at the hands of police."

In Minneapolis, the state National Guard was called in after more looting broke out and the city braced for more violence after rioting the two previous nights. Protests also spread to other U.S. cities, including in Los Angeles where some people blocked a freeway and shattered windows of California Highway Patrol cruisers. In Memphis, police blocked a group of protesters gathered outside a police station.

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