Protesters Hang Banners & Disrupt Opening Day in Missouri Senate

Photo: Eli Yokley
(AP) – The start of Missouri’s legislative session was interrupted by demonstrators protesting the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown.

Dozens of protesters unveiled banners and led chants from the visitors’ gallery of the Missouri Senate shortly after it convened Wednesday.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said they were violating Senate decorum rules and ordered the chamber’s proceedings suspended while police cleared the protesters. The session resumed within 30 minutes.

Protesters chanted phrases such as “Hands up, don’t shoot,” ”No justice, no peace” and “Black lives matter” – several of the common rallying cries of demonstrators after a white Ferguson police officer fatally shot the back 18-year-old in August.

Two protest leaders said no one was arrested.

Missouri lawmakers are to consider numerous bills stemming from the Ferguson shooting this year.

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