Protesters stage surprise sit-in at St. Louis gas station; 17 arrested

October 12, 2014 4:18 PM

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ST. LOUIS — In a symbolic and defiant act of civil disobedience, more than 100 protesters staged a sit-in at a QuikTrip gas station in St. Louis near the site of a police-involved shooting last week — prompting riot police to deploy tear gas and make arrests.

The mass arrest event was the first time that any demonstrator had been taken into custody this weekend, which has been branded Ferguson October. Just before noon Sunday, St. Louis police said they had made 17 arrests for “unlawful assembly on the parking lot of the QuikTrip.”

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