- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Three people were arrested Monday afternoon as demonstrators smashed pumpkins scrawled with the words “white privilege” and “racism” outside the St. Louis Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri.

Police arrested protest organizer Derek Laney after he held a pumpkin overhead that read “police brutality” and decried the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a white police officer before smashing it in front of police, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

“We are going to smash [pumpkins] symbolically at the foot of someone who can bring [the Brown] case to justice,” Mr. Laney said in a reference to St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, whose office is in the building, the newspaper said. “It’s another way to let people know we will be heard.”

One demonstrator was charged with assault, while Mr. Laney and one other were charged with littering. At least one pumpkin was confiscated.

The demonstration comes after a wave of discussion on social media after a pumpkin festival in Keene, New Hampshire, descended into chaos Friday night with at least 50 white college students arrested. Mr. Laney lamented that some media described the students as drunken revelers, while labeling the Ferguson protesters as thugs.

“I wonder if all the white teens in St. Louis County that smash pumpkins on Halloween will face arrest,” said Mr. Laney, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy said the demonstrator was charged with assault because police sensed the pumpkin was about to be lobbed in the “direction of officers arresting another person,” the Post-Dispatch reported.

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