Ferguson protesters call anew to remove prosecutor

Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old loudly disrupted another government meeting on Tuesday, renewing calls to remove the county prosecutor investigating the case and vowing political retaliation against an elected official tied to the prosecutor.

The demand for officer Darren Wilson’s arrest and the recusal of the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney began with the final utterance of the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the St. Louis County Council meeting. ‘For all,’ crowd members shouted, emphasizing the second word, as the pledge concluded with, ‘and justice for all.’

A larger protest also took place a week ago, at the Ferguson City Council’s first meeting since Michael Brown’s death. That was followed by unsuccessful efforts to block an interstate highway during rush hour in a demonstration that led to 35 arrests, and a weekend demonstration in downtown Ferguson linked to calls for a boycott of local businesses.

Protest leaders said they plan to broaden their efforts with demonstrations at upcoming baseball games hosted by the St. Louis Cardinals, who sit in first place and await a likely playoff berth, and the St. Louis Rams football team, who host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. ‘It’s no more business as usual,’ said activist Anthony Shahid, who addressed the seven council members with a noose symbolically tied around his neck.


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