Four of about 15 protesters were arrested on the Country Club Plaza on Friday afternoon — one of several protests that took place nationwide over events in Ferguson, Mo.
In St. Louis, demonstrators disrupted business at three large suburban St. Louis shopping malls.
The Kansas City protesters gathered near the J.C. Nichols Fountain chanting “No justice, no peace, no racist police” and “Black life matters more than Black Friday.” They also carried signs and prompted passing drivers to honk in support.
It was the latest protest in Kansas City following a grand jury’s decision on Monday not to indict a white police officer for the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson in early August.
Earlier in the demonstration, police repeatedly asked one protester to stay on the sidewalk but the man refused and was arrested, said Capt. Derek McCollum.
Shortly after 3 p.m., police moved the group from in front of the Barnes & Noble store. Two of the protesters were arrested there after allegedly not moving clear of the bookstore.
A juvenile also was arrested and released into the custody of his parents.
“We are out here to show everyone that we can stand united, that we are fed up and we are tired,” said Auset Noir, a protester with One Struggle KC. “We hope to show everyone that you need to keep your dollars in your pockets.”
In St. Louis, at least 200 protesters gathered at the Galleria mall in Richmond Heights, about 10 miles south of Ferguson.
Several stores lowered their security doors or locked outside entrances as protests sprawled onto the floor while chanting, “Stop shopping and join the movement.” The mall closed for one hour before reopening.
About 50 protesters then descended on West County Mall, nine miles away in Des Peres. That mall also shut down in response to the protests.
Several dozen protesters then went to the Chesterfield Mall, which also closed early.
No arrests were reported at any site.
Meanwhile, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced late Friday that he will call a special session of the General Assembly to provide funds for public safety efforts related to ongoing protests in Ferguson.
A news release from the governor’s office says that due to the increased presence of the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Missouri National Guard in the region, the state’s financial obligations for emergency duties are on track to exceed what is appropriated.
The statement says that Nixon held a call with legislative leaders Friday night and that more details about the session will be announced in the coming days.
In New York, hundreds of protesters took to the streets, marching from Herald Square to Times Square with signs that read, “Out of the store, into the street,” while chanting “Hands up, don’t shop.”
Demonstrators congregated in front of the New York Public Library chanting, “Black lives matter” and beating drums. When police gathered in front of the crowd, there were cries of “Who do you serve?”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.