St. Louis Mayor Cancels Town Halls Amid Violent Protests

Anders Hagstrom | Justice Reporter

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson cancelled two town halls Tuesday as the embattled city faces its fifth consecutive day of violent protest against the acquittal of a white police officer that shot a black man.

Krewson cancelled the meetings just hours before one was supposed to start Tuesday, according to FOX 2 St. Louis. Demonstrations have turned into riots at sundown every night since a judge ruled Friday that former officer Jason Stockley was not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.

“After much consideration, we are postponing our town halls for this week because right now they are happening in the streets and in my inbox and on social media. We are listening. I hear you,” Krewson said in a statement.

At least one protest group had called on its supporters to “hold Mayor Lyda Krewson accountable” at Tuesday night’s town hall, which was presumably cancelled over safety concerns.

While Krewson has praised police for their handling of the also condemned reports of police chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!” after arresting more than 120 violent protesters Sunday night.

“Intimidation is not conduct that lives up to the standard of behavior expected by city police officers or any city employee,” she wrote in a statement.

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