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Police Arrest Ferguson Protesters for Smashing, Holding Pumpkins (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Three pro-Ferguson protesters were arrested in Clayton, Mo., on Monday for smashing and holding pumpkins that included written messages denouncing racism, white privilege and hate.

The protest was filmed (video below) by an unidentified witness.

“The reason we chose pumpkins is just this weekend, the 'revelers,' the 'rowdy crowd' as the mainstream media first started to define these young white folks who were rioting in the streets [in Keene, N.H.] causing thousands of dollars of damage. They gave these mild terms to them, just 'drunken revelers,'” Derek Laney, of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, told Fox 2 Now.

Laney added that protesters in Ferguson were called "rioters" and "thugs."

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Two pumpkins were smashed by Laney and other protester outside the office of St. Louis County Prosecutor Prosecutor Bob Mcculloch, who has yet to announce if any charges will be filed against Officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9.

"We are going to smash [pumpkins] symbolically at the foot of someone who can bring [the Michael Brown shooting] case to justice," stated Laney.

While Laney and another protester were charged with littering, a third protester was charged with assault even though she did not smash a pumpkin, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy claimed the third protester was charged with assault because police believed her pumpkin was going to be thrown in the "direction of officers arresting another person" had it not been confiscated.

The video (below) of the incident seems to show an officer calmly taking away the third protester's pumpkin.

RawStory.com reports someone yelled at police, “That’s theft! Why are you taking her pumpkin for? Why is y’all taking her to jail for?”

“She did not smash a pumpkin! She did not smash a pumpkin!” added another protester. “That woman did not smash a pumpkin!”

Sources: RawStory.com, Fox 2 Now, St. Louis Post-Dispatch