Protesters of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting chant slogans at the St. Louis Galleria mall on Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, in Richmond Heights, Mo. They stayed in the mall for about 15 minutes and then left peacefully without confrontation with a large police presence. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbres)
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Officials temporarily closed a large shopping mall near St. Louis amid a protest triggered by a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.
At least 200 protesters gathered on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday at the Galleria mall in Richmond Heights, about 10 miles south of Ferguson.
Several stores lowered their security doors or locked entrances as protests sprawled onto the floor while chanting, “Stop shopping and join the movement.”
The protest prompted authorities to close the mall for about an hour. Similar protests were being held in several states.
The grand jury decision released Monday ignited violent protests. Brown, who was black, was unarmed when fatally shot by a white officer in August.