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Peaceful protest follows mass arrests in St. Louis

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/19/17, 11:39 am

Protesters gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis Monday night and chanted, “Free our people,” in support of those arrested Sunday night when vandalism accompanied anti-police demonstrations. Police rounded up about 80 people Sunday night after boxing in protesters and bystanders at a downtown intersection. Some of the arrestees say the police maneuver, called “kettling,” violated their constitutional rights, but no lawsuits have been filed in the matter yet. Three days and nights of protests followed Friday’s acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder, said he saw Smith holding a gun and felt he was in imminent danger. Prosecutors said the officer planted a gun in Smith’s car after the shooting. Monday night brought a break from the vandalism and aggression toward police that marred some protests held on previous nights. More protests are expected Tuesday.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Janet B
    Posted: Tue, 09/19/2017 12:02 pm

    While I am glad the protest was peaceful, I am sad that they would think that vandals do not deserve to be arrested.

  • KeithT
    Posted: Tue, 09/19/2017 12:59 pm

    Janet, per the very brief article, it appears the 80 were arrested en mass due to their mementary location rather than selectively based on any specific individual action of vandalism.  If this is the case, do we really want the police arresting people because they were standing next to someone who may have vandalized?  

    And while vandalism isn't justified, we spectators need to avoid this distraction from the much bigger issue, namely that while police shoot people of all colors, they shoot black people at a painfully disproportionate rate.  This has happened for time out of mind with few being aware or caring, at least outside of the black community.  There it has been a source of deep suffering. 

    Only now with video cameras in our phones are these tragedies being documented and exposed.  If our laws that give police virtual immunity would be corrected, perhaps we'd have fewer unjustified police shootings for everyone.

  • RC
    Posted: Thu, 11/02/2017 01:55 pm

    In the USA, 135 men and women police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016.