MANCHESTER, Mo. (AP) – Dozens of people have interrupted holiday shopping at major retailers around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.
The protests began Thanksgiving night and continued early Friday. Protesters spent a few minutes at each store, shouting inside. An officer in at least one store ordered them to leave. There was no immediate word of any arrests.
According to Johnetta Elzie, who had been tweeting and posting videos of the protests, demonstrations occurred at a Wal-Mart and Target in Brentwood, two Wal-Marts in St. Charles and one Wal-Mart in Manchester.
Other Black Friday protests are planned in Kirkwood, Missouri, and other cities.
There were no visible protests in Ferguson on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, the mayor of a town neighboring Ferguson, Missouri, is calling on state and federal officials to help rebuild following an outbreak of violent protests that destroyed businesses.
Dellwood Mayor Reggie Jones said Friday that while much attention has focused on Ferguson, most of the businesses that were looted and burned were in his town.
Jones also called on state leaders to explain why the National Guard wasn’t deployed to help protect Dellwood, as was done in Ferguson.
A message seeking comment from a spokesman for Gov. Jay Nixon was not immediately returned.
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