battled during Game 4 of their National League division series Tuesday
memory of Michael Brown, the teenager from nearby Ferguson, Mo., who was
shot and killed by the police officer Darren Wilson in August.
between police and protesters shook the small town, just a 20-minute
drive from downtown St. Louis, for weeks this summer,
and protests have
spilled into the fall.
A performance by the St. Louis Symphony during
the weekend was interrupted by an estimated 50 protesters.
organized by a local group, Lost Voices, assembled on
the street outside the smoking exit of the stadium,
where fans can take
cigarette breaks during the game. They held signs that read, “Down With
and “Justice for Mike Brown.” One waved an upside-down American
here because this is where white America gathers,”
said Beverly Jones, a
54-year-old St. Louis resident. “Racism is still very real, and we will
not be silent.”
guards formed a barricade between the fans and the demonstrators.
those wanting to exchange high-fives with the drummers were steered
security presence was beefed up Tuesday
after an ugly scene involving
protesters and Cardinals fans was caught on video
during Game 3 on
Monday night. A video of that confrontation, posted by Argus Streaming
News, showed Cardinals fans yelling obscenities at the protesters. One
fan taped the name of Wilson to the back of his Cardinals jersey.
Tuesday, the protesters and fans chanted back and forth, with “Let’s
go, Mike Brown” alternating with “Let’s go, Cardinals.” But the
situation was calmer than it was the night before.
Cardinals had been in contact with Major League Baseball in the wake of
the Ferguson riots and added security personnel in and around the
ballpark throughout September. Ron Watermon, the Cardinals’ vice
president for communications, said the team prided itself on a
family-friendly and safe atmosphere at the park.
“What we saw in that video does not reflect who we are or who our fans are,” he said of the Monday incident.
the Cardinals advancing to the National League Championship Series,
Watermon said the team would look to add even more security in
anticipation of future protests."