Protest outside Missouri Governor’s Mansion leads to arrests

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Police arrested and pepper-sprayed protesters demonstrating Thursday outside the Missouri Governor’s Mansion.The group of St. Louis protesters gathered in the state capital to speak out against a crime bill Gov. Mike Parson signed this month, KRCG-TV reported. The new law ramp up penalties for gun crimes, second-degree murder and gang crimes.

Protesters on Thursday said it’s too tough on individual but not tough on crime itself.

The protesters blocked the driveway of the Governor’s Mansion, then laid down in the street in front of the mansion.

Police told protesters they would be arrested if they didn’t get out of the street, the television station reported. Law enforcement officers then began arresting people. Video shows several people were pepper-sprayed.

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