By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
80 people were arrested during a third night of rioting in downtown St. Louis, following outrage over a white police officer being acquitted in the shooting death of a black man. A man who was fleeing said officer. Officer Jason Stockley was acquitted in the killing of a 24 year-old man six years ago. It doesn’t matter to Black Lives Matter that it was a justified shooting… they are in a rage because it was a white cop killing a black man.
Police officers in riot-gear stood off against militant activists. The media keeps calling what happened, mostly peaceful, but it sure doesn’t look that way to me. One reporter came very close to being beat to death by a mob of these thugs. If one of the masked people hadn’t let him away and fended the mob off, it could of ended very badly. It seems as though the violence ratchets up after the sun goes down. And then things get vicious and strange. There were violent outbursts and police shouted down protesters with their own chants. “Whose streets, our streets,” police officers were heard bellowing — twice — in one video.
Here is a link to a video that confirms what journalists heard, police chanting "Whose streets, our streets" 2X. https://t.co/NwjEUEJ7LI
— David Carson (@PDPJ) September 18, 2017
As protesters were pepper-sprayed, you could hear and see them coughing and gagging on it. Then they were dragged away in mass arrests. St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole blamed the chaotic evening on a “group of criminals,” while Mayor Lyda Krewson described them as “agitators” who stuck around after the initial protest ended. Funny, neither laid this at the feet of Black Lives Matter or Antifa where it belongs. Go figure.
One bicycle cop was injured in the confrontation. “We are closed in on all four sides now I have no idea where people are supposed to go. People freaking out,” tweeted Post-Dispatch journalist Mike Faulk. He was accidentally arrested with all the others that were rioting. There was a memorable pic where Faulk had his press badge on and his hands were secured behind his back while he was placed under arrest. Heck of a way to get a story.
— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) September 18, 2017
The rioting came to a head after an unmarked police car startled protesters by driving down the street. It went through a crowd of people… in reverse. Video that was shared by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shows a ton of people darting out of the blue Impala’s wild path. The officer in the unmarked police car blamed protesters for his unconventional escape. Road closures blocked him from going forward and protesters were “moving in a threatening manner” from behind. That’s when he backed through the crowd. No one got hurt.
The gathering crowd had marched toward the site of a traffic stop around 7 pm and watched as police arrested two people, one suspected of assault and another of making terrorist threats. Inside that car, police officers found three guns. Some moron was hurling rocks at police officers and was arrested for that too.
Antifa was there as well waving red and black flags, reportedly emblazoned with the Anonymous logo. That was probably the Antifa logo, but whatever. The rioters were spraying officers with some kind of mystery chemical. Rioters destroyed foliage, cars, store fronts, smashed windows, etc. Two others were arrested late Sunday after a speeding car smashed into another vehicle. Inside of the vehicles, police found drugs, masks and an assault-style rifle.
You have two primary groups leading the riots in St. Louis… Black Lives Matter and Antifa. I’m not sure how long this will go on, but there will always be another event that draws these people from one city to the next. I look forward to my friend Trevor Loudon’s film on Antifa, which will be released soon. They should both be labeled as terrorist groups.
— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) September 18, 2017