Protesters block highways, bridge in St. Louis

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Posted: Nov 25, 2014 5:06 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angry about the Ferguson grand jury decision have disrupted traffic for several hours in downtown St. Louis by blocking major intersections, an interstate highway and a Mississippi River bridge connecting the city to Illinois.

Riot police arrested several demonstrators Tuesday afternoon who sat down in the middle of Interstate 44 near the Edward Jones Dome. They used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

Protesters briefly blocked traffic on the Martin Luther King Bridge, remaining silent for four-and-a-half minutes to symbolize the length of time Michael Brown's body remained in the street after he was killed by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson.

Demonstrators also swarmed the steps of the federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis, overturning barricades while chanting, "You didn't indict. We shall fight."