Police arrested a state senator during a protest on Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri, where unrest continues as residents await the detainment of Officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August.
Missouri state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a Democrat of St. Louis, joined her fellow residents in a gathering outside of the Ferguson Police Department on Monday. Officers requested the demonstrators refrain from entering the street, or risk arrest, said Public Information Coordinator Sgt. Brian Schellman. Nasheed, along with another individual, Jefonte Nelson, reportedly failed to comply with the authorities’ orders. Police arrested them because they allegedly violated a City of Ferguson ordinance for walking in a roadway where sidewalks are accessible.
Police asked both Nasheed and Nelson “numerous times” to move out of the street, Schellman said.