Activists from Ferguson and other parts of St. Louis say they were targeted for arrest at a protest last week. Nine people were taken into custody last Monday after roughly 40 people protested the police shooting of 16-year-old Brandon Claxton, who is now paralyzed from the waist down. St. Louis Police shot Claxton on Saturday, July 11 claiming that he had a gun. They then detained his 14-year-old brother for 48 hours without alerting the child’s mother or giving him access to a lawyer. Monday’s arrests came one day after police violently arrested an initial set of protesters from the youth group Lost Voices, breaking one young woman’s arm and spraying a young man in the face with mace.
“We weren’t arrested–we were kidnapped,” he said. “They were pulling people off the sidewalk in an organized fashion. Deliberately going to specific people. If it’s about arresting people who were impeding traffic, we weren’t the only ones impeding traffic.”
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