Protesters interrupt opening of Missouri Senate by chanting, holding up signs
MDN Menu
MDN.ORG Mo. Digital News Missouri Digital News MDN.ORG: Mo. Digital News MDN.ORG: Missouri Digital News

Protesters interrupt opening of Missouri Senate by chanting, holding up signs

Date: January 7, 2015
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
The opening ceremonies of the 2015 Missouri Senate session did not get underway as planned Wednesday afternoon
RunTime:  0:47
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: 

Actuality:  PROTEST.WAV
Run Time:  00:08
Description: "It is our duty to fight for our freedoms. It is our duty to win."

That is how the 2015 Missouri Senate session began Wednesday afternoon as Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder ordered officers to remove the protestors.

Actuality:  KINDER.WAV
Run Time:  00:14
Description: "We need some officers over here to remove these people. And we need officers over here to remove these people holding signs and to remove those people holdings signs and shouting up there."

Protestors held signs such as "Swear to protect the people," and "Pledge allegiance to black people."

The Senate took a brief recess so the gallery could be cleared of protestors and senators family members.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.

Intro: 
The Lieutenant Governor expressed his displeasure with protestors who interrupted the swearing-in ceremony in the Missouri Senate Wednesday afternoon
RunTime:  0:43
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder slammed his gavel down multiple times

Actuality:  GAVEL.WAV
Run Time:  00:05
Description: [Gavel is slammed down]

as protestors interrupted the opening of the 2015 Missouri Senate session by chanting things like "It is our duty to fight for our freedoms" and "Hands up, don't shoot."

Afterwards, Kinder said this kind of behavior was not welcome in the Senate.

Actuality:  KINDER1.WAV
Run Time:  00:08
Description: "You cannot conduct business in a legislative body if you have a mob taking over the galleries and shouting slogans and putting up banners."

Kinder also suggested that in the future, security personnel should search people for banners before entering the Senate.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.


Missouri Digital News is produced by Missouri Digital News, Inc. -- a non profit organization of current and former journalists.