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56 Arrested During Missouri "Moral Monday" Protests, Police Say

Around the St. Louis area, demonstrations marked the two-month anniversary of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. Former Harvard professor Cornel West was among 42 who were arrested outside the Ferguson Police Department.

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Protests sprang up around the St. Louis area on what many called "Moral Monday," and by evening, 56 people at been arrested, authorities said.

Protesters peacefully took over St. Louis City Hall, while hundreds — including clergy members — chanted for justice outside the Ferguson Police Department. Others took their message to West Florrisant Avenue, disrupting businesses and blocking traffic. At a fundraiser where Sen. Claire McCaskill was scheduled to appear, a crowd called on her to speak out for their cause.

The day of protests was one in a series of events planned for Ferguson October, a coalition of activists and residents aiming to build national support against police violence. They called for justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old shot by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in August, as well as other black men around the country who have been killed by police.

Protesters marched in and outside local Walmarts, to memorialize John Crawford, the 22-year-old man killed by a police officer inside an Ohio Walmart.

Protesters at Ferg Walt-Mart this evening resulted in 6 arrests for Trespassing & Failure to Comply.

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Protesters at Ferg Walt-Mart this evening resulted in 6 arrests for Trespassing & Failure to Comply.

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Others took banners to the St. Louis Rams game.

Rams game right now... Wonder will ESPN show this #FergusonOctober

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By Monday afternoon, protesters arrived at St. Louis City Hall where they unfurled a banner.

One person was arrested shortly after on suspicion of failing to obey the reasonable instructions of a police officer and resisting arrest.

At 5 p.m., when City Hall closed, the protesters said they would peacefully leave. But they vowed to be back on Wednesday.

HUGE banner drops at STL City Hall - Mayor's Chief of Staff just came out to talk to #FergusonOctober protestors.

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"We've done this peacefully," organizer Kennard Williams said. "We will be peaceful when we come back in two days."

Other protesters remained outside the Ferguson Police Department, where authorities arrested a total of 43 people by 6:30 p.m. local time.

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Still others took their message to a local mall, a community college and a political fundraiser.

Brilliant to do this mall march on a big shopping holiday. #OccupyFrontenac #FergusonOctober "@MusicOverPeople: "

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Loving the energy at Meramac Community College #FergusonOctober

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#FergusonOctober Live ☆ Protesters blocking entrance to Stenger fundraiser. Police are threatening to arrest them.

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Protesters blocking entrance to Stenger fundraiser. Police are threatening to arrest them.



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Among the arrested were clergy members and Professor Emeritus at Princeton, Cornel West, who took part in a demonstration against police brutality, the New York Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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At 12:45 p.m., 13 people were arrested outside the Ferguson police department on the charge of "Peace Disturbance," according to a St. Louis County Police press release.

According to police, protesters repeatedly told officers they wanted to get arrested.

Police said that arrests were not made "until protesters started bumping police officers' shields and eventually forcing through the police skirmish line."

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Activist Cornel West is knocked over during a scuffle with police during a protest at the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri on Oct. 13.

Hundreds of protesters and faith leaders marched from a church to the Ferguson police department as part of a series of events marking two months since unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by police.

March begins "We shall not be moved" #MoralMonday #FergusonOctober hundreds marching to #Ferguson pd from church

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The “Weekend of Resistance” is part of Ferguson October — an organized movement of resistance against police brutality from Oct. 10 to 13.

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Author and activist Cornel West (center), members of the clergy, and other demonstrators protest outside the Ferguson police station on Oct. 13.

Riot police prevented clergy and protesters from advancing toward the Ferguson police department.

Earlier, police also arrested six people on charge of "Refusal to Disperse" when protesters blocked traffic on W. Florissant.

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Faith leaders led the “Moral Monday,” movement inspired by the North Carolina movement of the same name.

Hundreds of clergy gather to kick off #MoralMonday in #Ferguson #FergusonOctober

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Hundreds of clergy locked their arms outside the Ferguson police department demanding to meet officers inside. They said they were prepared to be arrested if they could not.

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Leaders of different faiths stood before a line of police officers to take their "confessions" and pray with them.

"God will forgive you but you must repent," religious leaders of all faiths receiving "confessions" #MoralMonday

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Protesters continued to stand outside the Ferguson police department in the pouring rain singing "We Shall Not Be Moved."

Pouring rain at #FergusonOctober and we're singing "We Shall Not Be Moved."

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Pouring rain at #FergusonOctober and we're singing "We Shall Not Be Moved."

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Crowd singing "not going to let nobody turn me around." #FergusonOctober

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One of the first protesters to be taken into police custody was author and activist Cornel West, who had earlier joined a peaceful sit-in at St. Louis University.

.@CornelWest being arrested after asking "Will we be allowed to enter a public building?" #Ferguson #MoralMonday

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Hours before joining the march to the university, West said, "I didn’t come here to give a speech, I came here to go to jail."

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Cornel West, center, and Joshua Williams, 18, right, march arm-in-arm with protesters toward the St. Louis University campus.

"Can you at least change on the inside?" #Ferguson #FergusonOctober #MoralMonday @CornelWest @RevSekou arrested.

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More than 1,000 peaceful protesters had gathered at St. Louis University, Missouri, early Monday, as part of the "Weekend of Resistance" movement.

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Protesters gather during a demonstration at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.

#Solidarity from thousands of #FergusonOctober marchers at #SLU clocktower. #shawshooting

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2 months after #MikeBrown killed -resistance in #Ferguson is rising #FergusonOctober marks a movement, not protests.

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2 months after #MikeBrown killed -resistance in #Ferguson is rising

#FergusonOctober marks a movement, not protests.

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Thousands converged at the St. Louis University campus clock tower to protest against the police shootings of black teens, Michael Brown and more recently, Vonderrit Myers Jr. in St. Louis.

Moments after 2 marches merged & took over St. Louis univ demanding justice 4 #VonderritMyers #FergusonOctober #SLU

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The occupation of SLU was the culmination of four days of civil disobedience including street marches, rallies, and sit-ins in St. Louis "to build momentum for a nationwide movement against police violence."

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Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally at Saint Louis University on Oct. 13.

Solidarity during the march. Solidarity occupying #SLU. Organized struggle. It was beautiful. #FergusonOctober

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Riot police failed to curb protesters who marched toward the university in separate groups, converging at the campus gates in the early hours of Monday.

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Protesters pause on Grand Boulevard en route to the St. Louis University campus.

A crowd of protesters blocked a street to play games such as jump rope and Twister to protest what they said the cops think is a game.

They think it's a game! So we're fighting back w/ twister & jump rope ! Holding intersection! #FergusonOctober

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BuzzFeed News has reached out to the Ferguson police department for comment.

CORRECTION: Cornel West is a former professor at Harvard. An earlier version of this article misstated this. (10/13/14)

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.

Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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