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St. Louis Police Chant ‘Whose Streets? Our Streets!’ After Arresting Protesters

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Anders Hagstrom Justice Reporter

A group of riot police reportedly chanted “Whose streets? Our streets!” Sunday night after arresting more than 80 violent rioters protesting the acquittal of an officer who shot a black man in 2011.

A large group of rioters stayed after a dispersal order on the third day of protest against officer Jason Stockley’s acquittal in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. After dispersing the group, police took a page out of the protesters’ book and began chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!” according to the Associated Press. A police commander at the scene claimed he hadn’t heard the chant, but called it “not anacceptable.”

The three days of protest showed a common trend. Starting Friday, the protests remained peaceful throughout the day, only for violence to break out at sunset. Sunday night’s protesters blocked roads, broke windows at two businesses, and threw trash cans into the street.

Police also reported that one officer was sent to the hospital with a leg wound and that protesters were spraying an unknown substance at officers. The hospitalized officer’s condition is unknown.

“These criminals that we’ve arrested should be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said at a conference. “We’re in control. This is our city and we’re going to protect it.”

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