JC Police use pepper spray on group of protesters outside Governor's Mansion

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A group of protesters are arrested in Jefferson City as they block streets around the Governor’s Mansion.

KRCG reports the protesters, mostly from St. Louis, began protesting outside the Governor’s Mansion around 12:30 Thursday afternoon.  The main focus of the protests appeared to be a major crime bill Governor Mike Parson signed into law earlier this month.

About half an hour into the protest, participants began blocking an intersection by the Governor’s Mansion.  When officers told protesters to clear the road, some laid down on the road.  Police report the road was blocked at three different locations.  That’s when officers stepped in and took eight people into custody, including one local resident.  KRCG reports officers used pepper spray to take some of the protesters into custody.

Police report they attempted to speak with the event organizers to mediate the crowd but were unsuccessful.