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Protest leads to closing of St. Louis City Hall

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters upset with police over their handling of demonstrations related to the Michael Brown shooting managed to shut down St. Louis City Hall.

About 75 demonstrators who marched from St. Louis police headquarters on Wednesday were locked out of City Hall. The closing also affected office workers and citizens attempting to do city business.

Several members of the city's Board of Aldermen joined protesters outside the building in support of their efforts to gain entry. No arrests were reported and the protest was peaceful.

Protesters claim police have been intentionally targeting demonstration leaders for arrest. One protester who participated in demonstration at city hall in November, said he was arrested at a grocery store.

"To me, it was a display of power, they sent more officers than were needed," said Zach Chasnoff. 

Chasnoff was charged with third degree assault for allegedly pushing a city marshal. That charge is a misdemeanor that usually results in a summon sent in that mail, but Chasnoff was booked downtown. Officers said Chasnoff was considered wanted after he was identified on video at the previous city hall protest.

Chasnoff said he has been apart of the Occupy Movement and he believes, from the way he was interrogated, that police were itching to arrest for a long time.

The St. Louis region saw unrest after Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, and protests were renewed last month when a grand jury chose not to indict the officer.

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