Protesters storm police headquarters in downtown St. Louis; 5 arrests made

Protesters storm St. Louis police department on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Families of murder victims and every component of the #BlackLivesMatter movement have asked for peaceful protest. Everyone intimately involved has continuously stated that the actions are not against police but against a system of racism. The question is now, does this latest action jeopardize the movement and moves toward sound resolutions? What can we further expect in 2015 if we have lost control of our dialogue?

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- What began as a ‘March to the Arch’ quickly changed early Wednesday morning as protesters stormed the front doors of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department headquarters. Their plan was to occupy the department for four and a half hours. The demonstrators refused to leave until those demands were met.

Around 10:30a.m., police say roughly 75 protesters participated in the march downtown before gathering outside of police headquarters. Nearly 15 entered the lobby and read a list of demands to department officials. Those demands included, a meeting with Chief Sam Dotson, Mayor Francis Slay or Board of Aldermen President, Lewis Reed. The protesters also want an immediate termination of Officers Flannery and Hayes.

Their request also include amnesty for protesters who have been charged with non-violent offenses, a creation of a diverse citizens review board with subpoena power along with a seven day…

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