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Demonstrators gather in Shaw Park, protest outside Galleria

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Protesters outside the Galleria on Wednesday. Credit: KMOV Protesters outside the Galleria on Wednesday. Credit: KMOV
RICHMOND HEIGHTS (KMOV.com) -

Demonstrators protesting the Jason Stockley verdict gathered in Shaw Park in Clayton before heading to the Galleria Wednesday evening.

Protesters started to assemble in the park just after 5:00 p.m. and then traveled to the Galleria in Richmond Heights.

Demonstrators gathered outside of the Cheesecake Factory. They then blocked intersections near the mall and walked down Brentwood Boulevard. Demonstrators later walked back to the Galleria.

Around 6:30 p.m. police gave an order for people to leave the area.

Some feel the response by law enforcement was extreme.

"The response from St. Louis County trying to barricade us in, restricting us to a certain location that’s unacceptable especially when it comes to practicing free speech," said Alderman John Collins-Muhammad.

St. Louis County Police said they responded the way they did because protesters weren't listening to orders and at one point tried to get by the Highway Patrol near the interstate.

For a barber who works at Art of Shaving inside the Galleria, he said the protest caused him to miss out on four hours of business.

 "That’s gas in my car, that’s groceries, food for my family, every penny counts for me especially being a single father," said Carlos Belton.

Nobody was arrested according to St. Louis County Police.

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