August 18, 2014 11:12 pm -

Hedy Epstein, a Holocaust survivor, was arrested protesting at Governor Jay Nixon’s St. Louis office.


Epstein told The Post she was arrested at a demonstration outside the building that houses Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s downtown St. Louis office. She was given an October court date, but her charges remain unclear. The information she was given by authorities carry a charging number, she said, but no one explained what it stood for.

“There’s a number, and I don’t know what that number means,” Epstein said in a phone interview Monday night…

According to the St. Louis station KMOV, protesters were arrested on failure to disperse charges. Epstein said authorities asked the crowd to leave, and when they didn’t, police started making arrests.

Epstein turned 90 on Friday.

“This is how I’m starting the 10th decade of my life,” she said.[su_sky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
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14 responses to 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Arrested Protesting In St. Louis

  1. Rusty Shackleford August 19th, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Clearly a thug up to no good, right?

    • granpa.usthai August 19th, 2014 at 1:30 am

      too bad she’s not part of a heavily armed UNREGULATED militia. Then all she would have had to do would lock and load and draw down on law enforcement personnel, then just simply walk away. (worked in Nevada).

  2. granpa.usthai August 19th, 2014 at 1:24 am

    the numbers are probably the date and time of the citation.
    (unless they send you to a state ID tattooist).
    Things to do before your October court date:
    1. stay out of direct sunlight.
    2. do not walk on any concrete sidewalks.
    3. do not walk on any asphalt streets.
    4. do not be Jewish.
    5. wear a full length WHITE bedsheet dress to court
    5a. matched with a full coverage conehead hat with dropdown front.
    5b. carry a wooden cross wrapped with strips of kerosene/gasoline soaked cloth.

    Do this, and I think you might get off with just a felony count of free assembly protest while being ordered not to.

  3. Jeff Allen August 19th, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Now there is a protester who I will give credit to for courage of conviction. That is precisely who these so called journalists should be interviewing to get a perspective on oppression instead of making themselves the story.

    • Rusty Shackleford August 19th, 2014 at 1:38 am

      Maybe journalists would have an easier time interviewing locals if the cops weren’t arresting and teargassing them.

      • Jeff Allen August 19th, 2014 at 9:39 am

        That is a legitimate issue, however, there are too many who making no attempt to interview locals, they are simply doing the “hey look what happened to me when I got to Ferguson”

        • Rusty Shackleford August 19th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

          The police exacting violence on not only protestors but on the press is a pretty big fucking deal.

    • Tommy6860 August 19th, 2014 at 1:54 am

      She also criticized Israel’s heavy handedness on Gaza.

      • Jeff Allen August 19th, 2014 at 9:37 am

        Not sure what that has to do with her arrest in Ferguson.

      • veggiedude August 19th, 2014 at 10:50 am

        For the 1000 citizens they bombed? Okay. Now how about the 170,000 killed by Syria. Oh, those don’t matter.

  4. MiAtheistGal August 19th, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Thank goodness they got her off the streets! I mean, look how dangerous she is, big bad thug.

    • Abby Normal August 19th, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Those two cops must have felt really tough when they cuffed her hands behind her back. They’re doing a great job – protecting the public (and themselves) from 90 year-old holocaust survivors.

  5. Chewbacka Grizelda August 19th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    While I get it that cops don’t go around asking every protester who has defied their authority, “Are you a Holocaust survivor” before arresting them, I do think the charges should be dropped. She may have had some difficulty walking away quickly enough, or even understanding that this was a legally authorized command, not a request. She doesn’t even know what a docket number is, for corn’s sake. Hasn’t she suffered enough already in her lifetime? Why couldn’t they just give her a warning, once they knew a few things about her, including her age, her ability to reason, and her past history as well? I do believe there are some citizens who, under special circumstances, should be let off the hook. I’d have to say that this woman qualifies — and those officers in the photo (and probably a few others as well) should publicly apologise to her for being mistaken about how to handle that situation in her case. She may have technically broken the law, but I have serious doubts regarding her intention or even realization that she was doing so.

    There used to be a day and age when protesters were not always arrested for “over staying their welcome,” but that changed just over 50 years ago. This woman is now 90. That means that for the first 40 years of her life, usually, protesters were LISTENED TO, not arrested. There were some circumstances where that wasn’t the case, true, but often times, protesting was the best way to bring about change. That’s how society trained her, and I think it’s wrong for any of us to try to say, “Well, times have changed, and we’re going to hold it against you that, as you grew older, were going through menopause and then old age, you didn’t change with them.” And what was her generation protesting again??? Hmmm?????

    She just needed a warning, and probably an explanation of how this was a legally authorized command, not a suggestion or request alone, with normally serious consequences. To threaten her with fines or even jail or prison time just sends the wrong message about who we are as a society.

    We shouldn’t do this to her.

  6. Bunya August 19th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    We can all breathe a sigh of relief, now that the law enforcement in Ferguson got this dangerous thug off the streets.