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Protesters arrested at Stengers acceptance speech

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Protesters gathered outside of a hotel in Clayton where Steve Stenger was giving an acceptance speech Tuesday night. By Stephanie Baumer Protesters gathered outside of a hotel in Clayton where Steve Stenger was giving an acceptance speech Tuesday night. By Stephanie Baumer

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Police arrested protesters who interrupted Democrat Steve Stenger’s acceptance speech for the position of St. Louis County executive.

Just over a dozen demonstrators were escorted out of the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel in Clayton by St. Louis County police. Some chanted the words “free speech” while they were being removed.

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The protesters later congregated outside before five were arrested. They are charged with trespassing and disturbing the peace.

Shortly before 1:00 a.m. the demonstrators left the area with a promise to police that they would “be back.”

Stenger apparently defeated Republican state lawmaker Rick Stream on Tuesday to become the county executive. The Ferguson police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old dominated the campaign, and many black activists and political leaders supported Stream.

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