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8 people charged after Jefferson City protest last week

Protesters in Missouri Capitol
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Protesters gather in the Missouri Capitol to rally for social justice issues during a special legislative session Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

Court documents say eight people face charges in Cole County after they were arrested during a protest in Jefferson City last week.

According to court records, Elijah Foggy, Eva Cloud, Sarah Butler, Sabrina Ridenhour, Alexander Goode, Lashell Eikerenkoetter, Abigail Holland and Krutie Thakkar all face misdemeanor charges linked to the protest at the Missouri Capitol.

The eight individuals were part of a larger group that protested against Gov. Mike Parson's special session on violent crime.

Protesters marched from the capitol building to the governor's mansion on July 30.

Jefferson City Police Department spokesman Lt. David Williams said last week the protesters blocked the street and were told multiple times to leave the road.

He some in a news release some were lying in the road in the 100 block of West High Street.

Online court records say Foggy, Cloud, Butler, Ridenhour and Goode each face misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and peace disturbance.

Eikerenkoetter, Holland and Thakkar were each charged with a single misdemeanor count of peace disturbance.

Officers said in the probable cause statements that protesters ran from the area after police started making arrests.

Court records say seven of the protesters were from the St. Louis area. Only Ridenhour was from Jefferson City.

Protesters return to Capitol on Thursday

The same group that protested last week was back in Jefferson City on Thursday.

As of Thursday morning, Williams said he was aware of a second protest but hadn't heard from the protesters.

In a phone interview with ABC 17, Williams said JCPD reached out to members of Expect Us with instructions on how to obtain a protest permit, but he said no one got back with him.

"We have a plan in place in case the protesters do come back," Williams said.

ABC 17 News reached out to Expect Us for a comment, but hadn't heard back as of Thursday afternoon. However, dozens of protesters were seen in the Capitol pushing for social justice issues as senators worked on crime legislation.

Watch part of the protest in the player below.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.

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  1. This is excellent news about a justice system actually working as it is supposed to. Did you notice that after police started to arrest people, the protestors stopped breaking the law? Unlike certain liberal towns like Columbia and St. Louis, where the law is either not enforced or prosecutors don’t prosecute, the system is working in Jefferson City.
    When I saw how young the prosecutor was I worried that he was a socialist sponsored SJW. I felt better when I learned he worked for AG Josh Hawley and all my fears were assuaged when I learned he was a member of the …….wait for it……National Rifle Association.
    Keep up the good work Jefferson City.

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