JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The start of Missouri’s legislative session has been interrupted by demonstrators protesting the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
Dozens of protesters unveiled banners and led chants from the visitors’ gallery of the Missouri Senate shortly after it convened Wednesday.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said they were violating Senate decorum rules and ordered the chamber’s proceedings suspended while police cleared the protesters from the chamber.
Protesters chanted phrases such as “Hands up, don’t shoot,” “No justice, no peace” and “Black lives matter” — several of the common rallying cries of demonstrators after a white Ferguson police officer fatally shot the back 18-year-old in August.
Two of the protest leaders said no one was arrested.
Missouri lawmakers are to consider numerous bills stemming from the Ferguson shooting this year.