Above: People chant in protest at the Galleria Mall, located near St.Louis, Missouri, Nov. 24, 2017. By ABC News.
Seven people, including a state lawmaker, were arrested today at a Missouri mall after nearly 100 protesters disrupted Black Friday shopping, according to local media.
Galleria Mall, located near St. Louis, was forced to close because of the protests, mall security told ABC News.
Protesters entered the mall around 1:15 p.m. local time and help their fists up, chanting “No justice, no profit,” an eyewitness told ABC News.
They walked through the mall corridors and entered several stores, including a Dillard’s. The protests lasted nearly two hours.
I came to the Galleria to do some Xmas shopping. Everything stopped for a moment, because people were exercising their right to peacefully assemble and protest. While I was waiting for the police to reopen the stores, and let us resume shopping I witnessed a kid who wasn’t even part of the protest get slammed against a glass wall, and thrown to the ground by multiple officers. I can say from first hand experience today the people were protesting peacefully, and it was the police who antagonized, and facilitated the violence…THEN THIS HAPPENED. #Stlouislife #blackfriday #protests #stlouis #stlouis #314 #stlouisgalleria
— Dr J A Salaam (@drjasalaam) November 24, 2017