Several protestors including activist and professor Cornel West were arrested Monday afternoon after they broke past police barricades and sat down in front of a St. Louis courthouse.
Lisa Brown, a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, posted on Twitter that more than 50 protesters jumped the barricade and linked arms in front of the courthouse.
30+ protestors have jumped police barricade; they're linking arms, police telling them they will be arrested pic.twitter.com/mel7ijZidy— Lisa Brown (@LisaBrownSTL) August 10, 2015
Many protestors arrested blocking courthouse are clergy, including Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation pic.twitter.com/lBUIwSv0BL— Lisa Brown (@LisaBrownSTL) August 10, 2015
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 10, 2015
Protestors now heading east on Market Street toward Arch. pic.twitter.com/TyDQb3tupF— Lisa Brown (@LisaBrownSTL) August 10, 2015
According to a report from MSNBC, the protesters wanted to be arrested for their "civil disobedience" and to "fill the city jail."
The St. Louis courthouse is federal property, so those arrested would face federal charges.
Gunfire erupted Sunday night during demonstrations in Ferguson marking one year since unarmed black man Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer. During the demonstrations, protesters shouted, "We're ready for war!"
A state of emergency was formally declared Monday in St. Louis.