Updated, 2:15 p.m. Feb. 27 — Three people were arrested toward the end of Saturday’s LGBTQ rally in downtown St. Louis, according to the city police department and event organizer Keith Rose.
Two of them, 21-year-old Edward Pingleton and 19-year-old Aideen O'Brien, face misdemeanor charges. O'Brien is accused of jumping on the back of an officer who was trying to arrest another protester, and Pingleton allegedly attempted to punch an officer. Neither had attorneys listed in court records. They're next due in court April 5th.
A third person was arrested, issued city summonses for "Interfering with a Police Officer" and "Resisting Arrest" and released.
Video allegedly showing the arrests were posted on a couple of social media sites. They show the crowd walking toward and chanting at officers on bicycles. At least one person ends up on the ground and is restrained by officers as people in the crowd pull on her. The crowd soon begins chanting “Who do you serve, who do you protect.” The video that had been on Facebook was no longer posted Sunday morning.