#FergusonOctober Protesters Target QuikTrip in South St. Louis- Hurl Rocks at Police
The #FergusonOctober protesters targeted another QuikTrip last night in South St. Louis.
The protesters surprised police when they left Ferguson and gathered at the QT on Vandeventer a mile or two from Shaw and Klemm where 18 year-old Vonderrit Myers, Jr. was killed after he fired shots at police.
Protestors scatter under the threat of arrest on the QT lot. pic.twitter.com/xeW0RNPDiW
— Mazda Road Runner (@RoadRunnerSTL) October 12, 2014
Protesters targeted the new QuikTrip on Vandeventer and Chouteau.
When the activists would not leave police pulled out the pepper spray.
It always seems to work.
The St. Louis police department alerted QuikTrips in the city to be on alert for the violent protesters. FOX2 St. Louis reported:
Police and protesters faced off in south St. Louis overnight. It took place at a Quik Trip gas station around 1:30am. The incident is a frightening reminder of the burning of the Quik Trip in Ferguson in August that happened just after the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Overnight, protesters left Ferguson. St. Louis police were expecting them to head in the Shaw Neighborhood where 18 year old Vonerrick Meyers Jr. was shot and killed by police last week.
St. Louis riot police were ready in full gear. They had even blocked off roads leading into the neighborhood. But the marchers instead went several blocks north and police scrambled.
The protestors ended up at the brand new Quik Trip at Vandeventer and Chouteau. Clerks inside locked the doors and backed away from the doors fearing the store would be looted and burned like the location in Ferguson was would happen here.
A woman who identified herself as a mother of a worker called our newsroom frantic and worried about her son.
The tactical unit responded to the convenience store armed with pepper spray. The people sat down surrounding much of the store. Police told them to leave. The demonstrators didn’t budge. Officers began moving across the parking lot, making a rat-a-tat sound as they hit their night sticks on their leg shields.
Pepper spray was deployed. And our photographer was told there was at least one arrest.
The protesters also hurled rocks at police – several arrests were made.
Protestors now throwing rocks at the police. Arrests have been made for continued illegal behavior.
— Chief Sam Dotson (@ChiefSLMPD) October 12, 2014
Two peaceful protesters arrested Thursday in the Shaw neighborhood are still in custody on felony charges for damaging police vehicles.