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Demonstrators say they ‘will not stop’ on-going protests

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Activists came together outside City Hall to say they will not stop on-going demonstrations and protests. (Credit: KMOV) Activists came together outside City Hall to say they will not stop on-going demonstrations and protests. (Credit: KMOV)

ST.LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Activists came together outside City Hall to say they will not stop on-going demonstrations and protests.

Leaders of the protest movement held a news conference Friday morning and are making it clear they will continue until they feel there is real change.

A business owner that is leading the petition that dozens of business owners have signed which supports protesters, spoke at Friday’s conference about recent demonstrations.

“It’s been confused with an anti-police statement and I would like to go on record saying it’s a pro-reform statement,” Eliza Coriell.

One leader who has been on the front line of recent protests, Missouri Representatives Bruce Franks discussed setting the tone for engagement with other city officials about reform.

“We’ll set the tone, we’ll set the time, we’ll set the place when it’s time to come to that table,” said Missouri Representative Bruce Franks. “Until then they have to get used to what’s going on.”

Another protest leader, Tori Russell, said they see their struggle for change as a marathon and not a sprint.

"I don't know why city officials thought we was gonna go away after a couple days."

Franks said protest leaders have a strategy for what they're doing but don't want to reveal their playbook. And he said they have a specific list of demands but won't sit down at the table with leaders to address those issues until they deem the time is right.

"We absolutely got strategy, we absolutely got demands but one thing we have to get straight first, black folks will disproportional stop being affected by this system," said Franks.

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