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Eight arrested, pepper spray used in protest outside Missouri Governor’s Mansion

Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 3:49 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2020 at 5:47 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KY3) - An afternoon protest in Missouri’s capital city ends with eight arrests and the use of pepper spray.

Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Governor’s Mansion on Thursday to protest a crime bill that Gov. Parson signed into action earlier this month. Opponents argue the bill is too tough on people, but not tough enough on crime.

Protesters, many from the St. Louis area, were lying in the street when police moved them to the sidewalk outside the Missouri Governor’s Mansion.

Arrests began shortly after demonstrators moved to the sidewalk. Police say eight people, including one local resident was arrested.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn from The Missouri Times, who gave KY3 permission to share her photos and videos, says the demonstration included a march to Governor’s Mansion.

KRCG reports a few pepper spray bombs were thrown after protesters were moved off the street.

The Jefferson City Police Department released the following statement, in part:

“At approximately 1 p.m., multiple participants began blocking the roadway at Jefferson Street and Capitol Avenue to traffic. Responding officers gave participants directions to disperse and clear the roadway. The entire intersection was being blocked by participants, including some lying in the roadway...

After multiple commands were given to participants, the order to clear the roadway was given. The participants blocked the roadway at three different locations prior to an arrest being made.”

Arrests were made for unlawful assembly and resisting/interfering with an arrest, according to police.

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