FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – There were some tense moments in Ferguson Saturday when protestors blocking South Florissant at Paul were confronted by the driver of an SUV. Three people were arrested including the driver of the car.
Demonstrator Jerika Tyler said the driver called them derogatory names and bumped her. “He’s pushing up with the car. I’m steady moving back with my sign. He bumped me. I dropped my sign and he just kept pushing forward like he already hit us once so by then some of the protestors were angered by that and they did retaliate and people were hitting his car,” she said.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said he had help from citizens working to calm the crowd so officers could complete their investigation. “We’re going to present charges to the prosecuting attorney against the driver,” Jackson said.
Tyler complained about how officers arrested a protestor she was with. “I got elbowed in the eye by one of the officers. He tried to snatch my phone. By then he was angered that I was videotaping and he twisted my arm behind my back.”
Two protestors were arrested. Chief Jackson said he did not expect those arrested would be held overnight.