ST. LOUIS • Five of the 10 people arrested Thursday night after a demonstration decrying police brutality face charges related to the incident.
According to court records, Scott O'Rourke, 22, was charged with two felony counts of assault on a police officer. Four others — Laura Aquirre, 21, Nicole Banocy, 19, Jonathan Wilson, 24, and Cynthia West, 34 — face a misdemeanor charge each of resisting arrest. Bail amounts range from $500 for Wilson to $15,000 for O'Rourke.
The other protesters were expected to be released Friday night.
The protesters were to begin demonstrations about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Occupy St. Louis Facebook page. The arrests came just before 11:30 p.m.
Some protesters were affiliated with the Occupy St. Louis group, said Margaret Ellinger-Locke, the lawyer for Wilson.
Ellinger-Locke on Friday called the arrests "extremely unjust," saying she has been told that protesters were peaceful while engaged in "constitutionally protected activity."
Police have a different version.
They said a bicycle officer suffered a minor injury to his hand when he was confronted by protesters. A property manager at the Fifth Third Bank at 10th and Olive streets also said he was assaulted after approaching demonstrators about graffiti. One message written on the bank's glass windows read: "Solidarity with all who resist."
Three of those detained, including her client, are on medication to treat medical conditions, Ellinger-Locke said. Wilson takes medication twice daily to control seizures. Ellinger-Locke said she tried unsuccessfully to learn from officials at the St. Louis City Justice Center whether Wilson was receiving medication.