Protesters arrested after shutdown part of I-64 in St. Louis city

ST. LOUIS – Around 7:45 p.m., protesters parked and walked onto Interstate 64 eastbound near Compton Tuesday night. Police said protesters have blocked traffic on I-64 in several places: Market, Compton, and Kingshighway.

Motorists were urged to use alternate routes to downtown St. Louis for a time being.

The protesters were continuing to show their anger over the Jason Stockley verdict, in which he was found not guilty in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

When the marchers moved off the interstate, all lanes were reopened. Protesters then marched to Jefferson Avenue, and marching to Jefferson and Market, where police officers were given orders to start arresting protesters on mass just before 8:30 p.m.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department made 143 arrests.