JEFFERSON CITY — Eight demonstrators were arrested Thursday near the Missouri Governor's Mansion during a protest against a recently passed crime bill.

The arrests began after some of the protesters blocked intersections by lying in the street, and ignored police orders to disperse, police spokesman David Williams said.

KRCG-TV reported the protest was aimed at a crime bill recently signed by Gov. Mike Parson. Those involved said they believed the crime bill is too harsh against people and does not address crime itself.

A video shows some protesters being pepper-sprayed during the arrests.

Following the arrests, demonstrators moved from the Governor’s Mansion to the Capitol where the protest died down.

KRCG reported most of the protesters were from the St. Louis area and police said only one of those arrested was from Jefferson City. The arrests were for unlawful assembly and resisting/interfering with an arrest, police said.

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