Supporters of Michael Brown Fail to Block Major St. Louis Roadway


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Win McNamee/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — Dozens of protesters calling for justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown rallied Wednesday by attempting to block a section of Interstate-70 in St. Louis County, Missouri.

Organizers called the protest an act of civil disobedience.

Despite demands by police that they confine their protests to the sidewalk, some demonstrators stepped on the roadway anyway, prompting their swift arrests.

As traffic kept moving on I-70, police made about 35 arrests, four of them for assaulting officers, many of whom were in full riot gear.

Protesters were there to demand that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon hire a special prosecutor to investigate the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by Ferguson Police Officer Darren White, who is white.

Other community leaders want White arrested and booked for the alleged murder of Brown even as a grand jury is trying to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.

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