An­gry crowd asks St. Louis sub­urb to drop protest charges

The Western Star - - WORLD -

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.

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