BLM protest at the Saint Louis Galleria Mall going south. Arrests began a few minutes ago. Video was a live feed by Derk Brown- Got cut off. pic.twitter.com/i8VHpUVDif— Patrick Sablan (@shutitpatrick) September 23, 2017
Dispersal orders given loud and clear after destructive actions at the Galleria. Arrests appear to be imminent.— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) September 23, 2017
Some refusing to complying with dispersal orders. Instructed again to leave the private property.— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) September 23, 2017
No one has the right to destroy the property of others and remain on private property after being asked to leave.— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) September 23, 2017
What we know now: looks like charges will range from trespassing, rioting, assault on leo, and disorderly conduct.— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) September 23, 2017
Lot of positive feedback from businesses and patrons after peace was restored. Mall operations back to normal.— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) September 23, 2017
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We hope that you will take responsibility to guarantee the rights of all people.
- To not use force against protesters absent a real and immediate threat of physical harm to others.
- To not use chemical agents, such as pepper spray and tear gas, without following the proper protocols to ensure the protection of Constitutional rights.
- Officers’ nametags should be visible at all times for police accountability.
- To wear their body cameras and have them turned on at all times.
- People have a First Amendment right to take photos or film video of police activity in public spaces.
If you fail to do so, we will explore all legal options to make sure the Constitutional rights of the people are protected and respected.
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