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Director's Choice St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis police use pepper spray on protesters who refused to leave the flyover lanes of I-44 in downtown St. Louis on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 25, 2014. The protesters had occupied the highway blocking all lanes for about a half hour until police forced them to leave. They were protesting after a grand jury announced that there would be no indictment for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown.