Ferguson Protesters Completely Shut Down Highway 70 East and West Bound Traffic

A group of protesters stretched out across both sides of the interstate 70 about 5:20 PM Monday.

The protesters placed yellow boxes with the words “Ferguson is Everywhere” on the ground, as a barrier between the protesters and traffic. Cars were backed up for more than a mile at the height of rush hour traffic.

At about 5:40 PM, most protesters cleared off the road and traffic began to move again. Others protesters refused to move and were arrested. St. Louis County Police were also arresting protesters in parking lots adjacent to the interstate.

Earlier in the day, police arrested 57 protesters in St. Louis who were demanding the dissolution of the Ferguson Police Department.

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has declared a state of emergency and turned oversight of the Ferguson situation over to County Police Chief Jon Belmar, in the wake of at least three shootings overnight Sunday and into Monday morning.