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Heavy police presence at Hilton's airport hotel overnight: 'Tons of people and a bunch of chaos'

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Police cars outside the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel following an overnight disturbance (Credit: KMOV) Police cars outside the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel following an overnight disturbance (Credit: KMOV)

WOODSON TERRACE, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Police in North County were called to an overnight disturbance involving around 300 people at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel.

A woman said a group of protesters from St. Louis who were in Memphis protesting for a $15 minimum wage had just gotten back into town and the hotel was their debriefing area. The woman, who was a member of the protest group, said many of them did not have reservations for Monday night at the hotel but were planning on catching a ride from the location.

“Nobody’s calm, everybody’s trying to figure out when we leaving, where their bags at. That’s what was going on," said Ronisha Pampkin.

It is unclear if the hotel asked the group to leave or if they called the police to settle down the crowd.

When dozens of police officers arrived at the hotel, people appeared to get agitated and tensions rose. News 4 obtained video of officers detaining at least one person for a short period of time but a witness said no one was arrested and booked.

“Tons of people and a bunch of chaos,” Pampkin said. “So, I get where they was coming from also but they gotta understand where we coming from too. We’d been marching all day, literally. We tried to explain this to them but they’re not hearing that. Don’t nobody want to get locked up.”

Pampkin said there was not a fight at the hotel but there were frustrations between the protesters and protest organizers that added to tensions.  

Police have not released any further details about the incident.

News 4 has also reached out to the media relations team for Hilton.

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