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State Senator Jamilah Nasheed Arrested in Latest Ferguson Protest

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Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed speaks during a rally for justice for Michael Brown, and the people of Ferguson, Mo., on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House, Aug. 28 in Washington.Alex Brandon / AP file

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A Missouri state senator was arrested Monday night in Ferguson in the latest round of protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a Democrat from St. Louis, was arrested outside the police station for walking and standing in the street in violation of a city ordinance, according to St. Louis County police, who are helping patrol the streets.

Police said they had warned protesters, and Nasheed specifically, to move out of the street. Another person was arrested with the state senator. A lawyer for Nasheed, Eric Vickers, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the senator had refused bond. He said she “wants to present this as an alternative to any sort of violent action” if a grand jury does not indict the officer who shot the teenager, Michael Brown, in August.

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