Protesters just stormed St. Louis Metro Police headquarters

At the bitter end of 2014, protests sparked by the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., show no signs of abating. 

In a demonstration that is still unfolding at the time of publication, people swarmed the St. Louis Metro Police Department headquarters and briefly occupied the lobby.

Participants handed out a mock “Eviction Notice” and circulated a list of demands, including a meeting with either St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Chief of Police Sam Dotson, or Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed—the first African-American to ever hold the elected position.

Already, reports of arrests and pepper spray use are trickling in via Twitter and Vine. Officers at the scene may also have deployed tear gas, and apparently called for backup.  

Protesters also called for the firing of officer Randy Hayes, who shot and killed 25-year-old Kajieme Powell days after Brown’s death in an encounter captured on video, and officer Jason Flannery, who, while off-duty one night in October, killed teenager Vonderrit Myers Jr. Police said Myers fired first; an autopsy showed he was shot six times in the back.

“Clear and transparent protocol when a person dies in police custody,” encompassing immediate “medical attention for victims” and the instant release of the involved officers’ names, appears on the list of demands as well. “They are common-sense demands,” activist Rasheen Aldridge told the St. Louis American. “We can’t ask anymore; we have to demand it.”

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Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'