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Police, protesters accuse each other over use of pepper spray Thursday

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Police and protesters are accusing each other of using pepper spray at a protest in Ferguson Thursday night.

Police arrested three people during the demonstration late Thursday night. Authorities said 19-year-old Dasha Jones, 17-year-old Brandi Shields, and 25-year-old Moustapha Diop were arrested for blocking traffic. Shields and Jones have been charged with unlawful assembly, Diop was charged with unlawful assembly, resisting arrest, and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Jones screamed about the tightness of the handcuffs as she was taken away. Friday, many protesters expressed and frustration about the arrest and police tactics.

“They’re violent (police tactics) and unnecessary,” said protester Angelique Kidd.

Shields was the next to be arrested. Authorities used pepper spray in the process. Two officers claimed protesters shot them with pepper, however, those officers may have been accidentally hit by the pepper spray.

Authorities said Diop is a fugitive wanted out of Webster Groves. 

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