ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Nearly a thousand protesters descended on the campus of St. Louis University Sunday night.
“The goal was to occupy SLU and to kind of wake up the campus, I think there’s a sense in the community that SLU is kinda shut off from what happens outside of SLU. But this latest incident was six blocks from SLU so it does affect us,” St. Louis University freshman David Gramling said.
Protesters created two groups in the Shaw neighborhood earlier in the evening. According to News 4 crews on the scene, one group marched through the Grove on Manchester, turned on Vandeventer and met up with the other group near Forest Park Parkway.
Around 5:30 a.m. Monday morning roughly 80 protesters remained on the campus.
"We thought about different business districts and how they would be closed at the time and SLU is one place where we knew we would have a presence of people that would be impactful and be able to send our message through," said protester Dhoruba Shakur.
Protesters said nobody from campus security or from the police department asked them to leave. The campus ministry allowed protesters to charge cell phones and use bathrooms. Others brought food and supplies.
Protesters came to the St. Louis area over the weekend to participate in, what organizers called, ‘Ferguson October.’ ‘Ferguson October’ was planned after the officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August.
Less than a week before the movement was scheduled to begin, Vonderrit Myers, Jr was killed during an officer-involved shooting in the Shaw Neighborhood. The shooting brought protesters to the Shaw neighborhood, which is located near the St. Louis University campus.