Police Storm St. Louis Mall To Violently Arrest Black Lawmaker For Protesting Police Violence
Black Friday turned violent in in St. Louis, Missouri, after Police shut down a large shopping mall to arrest to arrest a black lawmaker and other activists protesting police violence, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The incident was captured in a disturbing video in which state Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. (D) is heard screaming in pain as multiple officers pile on top of the handcuffed congressman.
Dozens of people waited outside the St. Louis County Jail for the release of the one woman and six men arrested during the peaceful protest.
“When they come out the door, we want them to know we’re here for them,” said the Rev. Darryl Gray outside the jail.
Early in November, black clergy announced targeted economic boycotts that included the St. Louis Galleria in Richmond Heights, the scene of today’s police altercation.
The boycott followed the September 15 acquittal of white former police officer Jason Stockley, who had been charged for a 2011 shooting death of black suspect Anthony Lamar Smith.