FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Three people were taken into custody during protests in Ferguson, Missouri Wednesday night.
Protesters began gathering around 6:30 p.m. outside of the Ferguson Police Department. A St. Louis Police Commander spoke with protesters and explained to them that blocking the roadway would not be tolerated, and those who did block traffic would be arrested.
Police began to form a line in front of the department as protesters started marching northbound on Florissant Road. Authorities say they were told the protesters were planning to march towards Interstate 270 in an attempt to shut down the highway.
Officers formed another line at Elizabeth Road and Robert Avenue to prevent the protests from shutting down the highway.
Police say they warned protesters again they were subject to arrest.
Jelanie Brown, 26, of St. Louis, was taken into custody for peace disturbance, impending the flow of traffic.
Dean Johnson, 42, of O’Fallon, Missouri, was taken into custody for peace disturbance, impending the flow of traffic, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. Police say Johnson grabbed the arm of a police sergeant and refused to comply with officers when he was taken into custody.
According to police, a “sign truck” was used to block intersections as the protesters marched. Police say at one point the truck and protesters blocked the path of an ambulance that was on an emergency run. Authorities took the driver of the truck into custody and towed the truck.
According to police, majority of the protesters had left the area by 11:30 p.m.
A local television news truck had its taillights broken out by an unknown person, police say.
Authorities say one person sustained a minor injury when her foot was struck by a vehicle attempting to get through a crowded street. The woman was evaluated at the Ferguson Fire Department and decided to drive herself to the hospital to have her foot evaluated there.