ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Protestors arrested in Ferguson were released Friday evening after many claim they were wrongly arrested.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar announced Friday their department would take over security in Ferguson after concerns over Thursday night’s arrest of 13 protestors outside the Ferguson police department.
“It definitely created a sense of urgency,” Chief Belmar said.
Freelance journalist Mary Moore was among the 13 arrested on charges of failure to disperse, violation of a noise ordinance and resisting arrest.
“I just came to cover it. I want to come and get that great shot, well I was only there six minutes. I spent more time in jail than I did recording,” said Moore after being released from jail.
Video shot by Moore and others show the arrests of the protestors on the sidewalk.
“I think we need to be aware of the fact that just because we have the ability perhaps through certain ordinances or statutes or different things like to enforce certain laws, doesn’t always mean that we should,” said Chief Belmar.
Chief Belmar said there’s a need to balance the officers’ duty to keep the peace while also protecting the first amendment rights of the protestors, but Moore isn’t convinced things will change. She said St. Louis county police were among the arresting officers last night. We asked if she felt she was wrongly arrested.
“I don’t feel it, I know it, I know I was,” said Moore.
Moore said she is considering filing a lawsuit, saying her civil rights were violated.