Protesters Briefly Stop Traffic on I-270 Despite Michael Brown Sr.'s Request to Postpone

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Protesters stand in the middle of I-270 near West Florissant Avenue to block traffic in honor of Michael Brown
Despite calls to postpone a mass shut down of Interstate 270 yesterday, a few protesters halted traffic on the highway near West Florissant Avenue, the street that's been the site of demonstrations since the August 9 killing of Michael Brown.

Hours before the highway shutdown was supposed to happen Monday, Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., along with other protest leaders -- Zaki Baruti, Anthony Shahid and Anthony Gray, the family's attorney -- announced a postponement of the protest. But a few people ventured out onto the highway anyway.

A group of protesters, with their hands raised, stood shoulder to shoulder on westbound I-270 around 4:30 p.m. to block traffic.

There might have been other attempts by drivers to block traffic on I-70 near Bermuda Drive in north county, and police responded to an accident in that area around 4:35 p.m., according to a Fox 2 report.

The postponement came at Brown Sr.'s request. He encouraged supporters to instead observe a four and a half minute moment of silence for his son.

The original highway shutdown plan was for motorists to stop in the middle of the highway for four and a half minutes to symbolize the four and a half hours Michael Brown's body lay in the street after Ferguson officer Darren Wilson shot him.

According to Fox 2, one possible date for the rescheduled highway shutdown protest is September 10.

Missouri Highway Patrol did not immediately return a call seeking information, but we'll update this post when we know more.



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lisa12310
lisa12310

Sr. says - POSTPONE?  Til when?  How about promoting peace and sayin' NO MORE.  It is not justice to hold civilians up from going about their everyday business on a hwy.  There could be people on that hwy. in an emergency situation that are trying to get to a hospital, people trying to get to work on time. New wrongs don't set the past right.  Let Eric Holder do his job. 

Laquisha
Laquisha

When Prophet Mike himself rises from the grave and drifts over and den blocks  I-270, all you whites gonna tremble if you don't give him cigars when he demands em'.

He the new Nation Of Islam prophet and someday soon Ferguson gonna be like mecca with rap music.

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

SPLAT, SPLAT, SPLAT, BUMP, THUMP !

Kelli Mayahi
Kelli Mayahi

Stupid is the one thing in life that cannot be fixed, but it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

Any other fucktards wanna comment on my grammar errors that are irrelevant to this topic I also see none.

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

It was a great comeback also my punctuation was just fine point out the errors also fucktard what does my grammar havet to do with anything I have said on this topic this better for you now you will be blocked as well .

John McGrath
John McGrath

What a great comeback, Steven. Is that the best you could come up with for Rob? What are you, 5 years old? Go back to grade school, and see if you can pass the grammar/punctuation class this time.

Doug Tull
Doug Tull

Stupid. That's not going to help. In fact, you're just punishing people that probably would support you.

Matt Bailey
Matt Bailey

So you mean to tell me these turds are standing in the middle of a interstate and no one has hit any of these douchebags yet . That is pathetic Missouri .

Jeff Craig
Jeff Craig

How is this good? You are a misguided menace.

Lynn Wagner
Lynn Wagner

Um... it is illegal to walk on an interstate!!! Do no laws apply these people?

Kelly Maria
Kelly Maria

If the media would not give them any time then I bet they would not be acting like fools

Kelly Maria
Kelly Maria

O ok I understand what you are saying. People are ignorant. ...so sad

Gina Marciano Mitauer
Gina Marciano Mitauer

Kelly, if they would of reported it right, you would know that the brown family is behind it, and had asked it be for another day.. They have been barking the orders for all this b.s. the entire time... Don't let the liberal media fool you..I just want you to know the truth... This fAmily is not right, you don't hire an attorney 24 hours after your son dies.. It's way out of order in the grievance process..anger and revenge are not first on the list...

Gina Marciano Mitauer
Gina Marciano Mitauer

David, very nice of you to say, but you are misinformed.. The family has been behind all of this the entire time.. If they reported properly you would know that the brown family asked it not be on Monday, but they are setting it for a different date...

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

What does that havet to do with anything kill yourself you'll be blocked now .

Rob Rogers
Rob Rogers

What do you have against punctuation?

Travis Hughes
Travis Hughes

Why wasn't there any arrest made? Keep giving and they will taketh. The police is afraid now

Kelly Maria
Kelly Maria

I think if they have time to play in traffic then I think they should rebuild what they destroyed ....

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

Cops need disarmed how retarded are you Joe Nobodie kids arent being murdered by police cops only shoot people when in self defense

Kelly Maria
Kelly Maria

Well if someone gets in my way as I am driving. ...I will not brake ...I will slow down ....but I am not going to get into an accident because some dummy comes in front of my car....

Kelly Maria
Kelly Maria

And people that made a difference with non violence. ...

Kelly Maria
Kelly Maria

Even Michael Brown's family don't want this to happen. ...but I don't think these morons are not doing this for Michael Brown. ...they are doing this because they think they are going to make a change in which in reality they are being laughed at by other countries because that's how ignorant they are....they need to go to the library and get educated and learn to make a difference instead of putting traffic in harm's way......keep showing other places how ignorant you morons can be...I understand peaceful protests. ...but this is ridiculous. ....

Kirsten Mazzanti
Kirsten Mazzanti

This shit is stupid. Period. The End. Why is this guy so much more important then anyone else.

Tiffany Aleashea Thompson
Tiffany Aleashea Thompson

Some chick snapped on me because I voiced my opinion and said this very thing..people are frickin' ignorant...

Jan Burrus
Jan Burrus

Agree - it's time to move forward and get a life folks

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

My heart goes out to the family because they are trying so hard to do things the right way but many folks are not listening to them.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

You keep spelling criminal with a p. Why is that rft?

Alexandra Lugger
Alexandra Lugger

It's not about Mike Brown's poor family for some people, it's about how much fun holding that entire section of STL County hostage is. I followed it in a few different support pages, and unfortunately this ended up alienating a lot of their support base (especially some one the locals who almost got into car accidents).

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

Where-0-where was the great Capt. Ron Johnson of the MO State Highway Patrol who had adequate warning that this was going to happen, yet we saw no Highway Patrol Cars out there preventing it or arresting anyone.  Are they afraid of these lawbreakers now ?

heppy
heppy

who is "they"?

heppy
heppy

"i understand peaceful protests, but i don't understand them when they inconvenience me"

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