Dem lawmaker inflames anti-cop crowd as protests ramp up again in Ferguson; 3 arrested

A Missouri state lawmaker took to Twitter Saturday to further incite a crowd of protesters in the streets of Ferguson, Mo., after a confusing incident Saturday that led to three arrests.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a protester said he was struck by a passing vehicle, which resulted in a standoff with police after protesters began blocking traffic. Three people were arrested, including the driver of the vehicle, a protester who damaged the vehicle and another man who would not obey a police order to get out of the roadway.

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A video tweeted from the scene show just how chaotic the situation was:

Other tweets were posted that indicated that the protesters were already in the street, prompting the alleged incident:

But most egregious were the actions of state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat naturally, who has been a mainstay throughout the civil unrest that followed the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The lawmaker inexplicably tweeted:

It’s difficult to understand how any elected official could get away with such irresponsible behavior. Is there no code of conduct in the Missouri state Senate?

According to the Post-Dispatch, bigger crowds joined the protesters after the incident, who then blocked traffic. Fortunately, the situation was eventually resolved without injury to protesters or police.

“About 80 to 100 protesters stood in the street chanting at cars, ‘Turn around for Mike Brown,'” the newspaper reported.

Tom Tillison


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