Police officers in St. Louis are in hot water after a video Surfaced of them Allegedly chanting“Whose streets, our streets,” after arresting protesters early Monday morning.
ON VIDEO: The Video taken by a Journalist that is going Viral shows a large group of what appears to be police officers in navy blue uniforms chanting, “Whose streets, our streets,” surrounded by police cruisers.
Reporters took to twitter Monday morning around 1 am CST stating that they witnessed officers chanting after they had arrested dozens of Violent Protestors.
Police just chanted "Whose Streets, our streets" on Tucker Blvd after making arrests
— David Carson (@PDPJ) September 18, 2017
REPORTERS: David Carson from the St. Louis Dispatch said he was able to confirm with other reporters and multiple civilians, even two police officers that indeed the officer were chanting.
A police commander on the scene reportedly told Carson that he thought the chanting was “unacceptable” and would handle the issue, even though he did not witness the chanting himself.
PROTESTORS: Were out in full force after a Judge ruled that former police officer Jason Stockley, a white male, was not guilty of murder charges related to the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, a black male.
Police gave the Protestors many chances to disperse through out the night, Police say that the Protestors became violent smashing windows and overturning trash cans, while other rioters threw rocks and splashed chemicals at police dressed in riot gear.
Protestors say that the Police was Overly aggressive and kept the demonstrators form leaving the area as many where surrounded by Police.
CONCLUSION: People have the right to assemble and Protest but once it gets violent and arrest are made, it no Longer a Protest.
Police made more than 80 arrests by the end of Sunday night heading into Monday morning, and several officers suffered “moderate or minor” injuries, Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said.
O’Toole referred to the arrested protesters as “criminals” who will be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
“These criminals that we’ve arrested should be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said. “We’re in control. This is our city, and we’re going to protect it.”