(STMW) — A man is facing a felony charge of beating a police officer after he was among three people arrested in the Loop Wednesday afternoon while protesting the decision of a Missouri grand jury to not charge a Ferguson police officer with fatally shooting an unarmed 18-year-old black man.
Richard Newburger, 57, and two 63-year-old women were arrested near Jackson and State, police said.
Newburger, of the 2300 block of North Spaulding, faces a felony count of aggravated battery of a police officer. The women, both from Chicago, were charged with misdemeanor counts of obstructing traffic and resisting an officer.
The circumstances leading up to their arrests were not known early Thursday.
Newburger is scheduled to appear in bond court Thursday.
A Missouri grand jury’s decision Monday not to charge Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, has incited protests and riots across the country.
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