Police Take Back Kiener Plaza Park in St. Louis, MO
St. Louis (KSDK) — After more than forty days of protests, the occupation of Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis came to an end early Saturday morning — at least for now.
Just before mid-night, Occupy St. Louis protestors learned a federal judge denied their request to intervene.
“Ladies and gentlemen at this time we need you to get back to the sidewalk,” Lt. Dan Zarrick with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police announced to protestors over a bullhorn just before 1 a.m. Saturday.
Dozens of police officers made good on the city’s promise to enforce the 10 p.m. curfew in Kiener – an ordinance it had overlooked for weeks.
About two dozen protestors were prepared to leave in cuffs, and they did. In all, 27 were arrested and all, police say, went peacefully.
It was one of the largest crowds gathered at Kiener since the protests began, but not everyone was there in support.
“Well we wanted to see the curfew enforced,” said Chris Evans as he watched from across the street. “The mayor gave them how much notice? It’s time to go.”
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