The arrests happened around 8:40 p.m. last night during what had been billed as a "Liberation Party." Officers swept up five people out of a group of approximately 50 that had been blocking South Florissant Road.
Freelance photographer Daniel Shular captured four of the arrests on video.
St. Louis Public Radio reported that police gave three orders to disperse before moving in for the arrests. The five were reportedly charged with "impeding traffic."
Organizer Cori Bush expressed her outrage on Twitter.
My heart hurts! NO Ferguson police u can’t brutalize people just because u have a badge and want to show u are tough! TREAT PEOPLE RIGHT!!!— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) October 14, 2017
Livestreamer Heather De Mian tweeted just after midnight that the five had been released from the St. Ann jail.