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Baruti lead rally against police abuse

Universal African Peoples UAPO President Zaki Baruti lead local citizens in a protest at Fergurson Police headquarters on Monday, August 11th, 2014. They protested the the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer last Saturday. Protesters shouted, "No Justice, No Peace!" The Rally started at 10am. Later Baruti led group in a slow drive to memorialize the death of Michael Brown. Baruti advocated for the officer that shot Brown to be removed, arrested and charged. Baruti argued that there's not enough African Americans on the police force. Of all the officers participated in crowed control, there where one woman and a handful black officers out of majority of white men. As the cars left some people stayed behind.

Baruti in the middle
Baruti in the middle
Damien Johnson

Fergurson Mayor James Knowles III tried to talk to some of the protesters after he finished his interviews with the media but was shouted down. Vinita Park Mayor James McGee intervened and managed to calm the crowed down enough to get some words in.

we got to have inclusive…It's about the children not about us.

The police started to move the crowed off the streets about noon. Some of the protesters asked their fellow protesters to calm down. By 1:20 p.m. 7 arrest, 6 men and 2 women where arrested. The police was trying to prevent the crowd from going out of control and start rioting. On Sunday night the some businesses in north county were looted and set on fire. In controlling the crowd the Ferguson police were joined by Missouri highway patrol, St. Louis County Police and other local municipality police department.

There will be another rally on Tuesday, August 12 at 10.a.m. at 100 S. Central, Clayton, Missouri.