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143 arrested after demonstrators close I-64, march downtown

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Protesters blocking EB I-64 near Jefferson on Tuesday. Credit: KMOV Protesters blocking EB I-64 near Jefferson on Tuesday. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Mass arrests occurred Tuesday night after demonstrations on Interstate 64 and on streets in downtown St. Louis.

Wednesday morning, police said 143 demonstrators were arrested after traffic was blocked on eastbound Interstate 64 near Compton around 7:30 p.m.

According to police, demonstrators drove to the area, got out of their cars, and began marching on the highway. Some of the protesters were carrying signs and chanting.

Demonstrators then blocked eastbound traffic near Jefferson before they walked onto Jefferson via the exit ramp.

Around 8:20 p.m. the protesters were near the intersection of Jefferson and Market. The intersection was closed for several hours.

Following the arrests, protesters gathered outside the Justice Center. Wednesday, some protesters were still outside of the center awaiting the release of those arrested.

Police later released the names of those arrested.

State Representative Bruce Franks said police arrested some who never stepped foot on the highway. News 4 asked police about Frank's claim, but have yet to hear back.

Demonstrators were protesting the not guilty verdict in the Jason Stockley trial. 

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