Angry crowd asks St. Louis suburb to drop protest charges
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. — Several people arrested at mall protests in suburban St. Louis nearly a year ago are expressing frustration that municipal prosecutors have decided to charge them. Dozens of people packed a meeting Monday of the Richmond Heights City Council. Some demanded that the city dismiss the rioting, trespassing and other charges that stem from two protests at the St. Louis Galleria mall late last year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Mayor Jim Thomson said 25 people face municipal charges. The protests were among several rallies following the Sept. 15 acquittal of Jason Stockley, a white former St. Louis police officer who was charged in the fatal shooting of a black suspect, Anthony Lamar Smith.