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St Louis County Police Arrest Reverend’s 13-Year-Old Shopper At Galleria Mall Protest

St Louis County Police arrest 22 at Galleria Mall including a 13-year-old boy

  • KMOV News 4 anchor Laren Pozen claimed in a tweet that the boy was crying and appeared to be in the wrong place at the wrong time

  • A mother and her son from Columbia who were not part of the protest were also arrested

  • During the protest a grandmother clergy was arrested and charged with assault on an LEO

As protests continue in St Louis, so does local law enforcement’s dangerous and at times violent response. Today, it was St Louis County Police Department and Richmond Heights Police Department who continued the over-aggressive response at a protest inside the Galleria Mall.

As protesters chanted “No justice, no profit!” while walking through the mall, SLCPD declared the protest to be an unlawful assembly. Shortly after, officers apparently began blindly arresting anyone they could once again.

In a series of tweets on her personal Twitter, Lauren Pozen from KMOV News 4 claimed SLCPD had arrested a 13-year-old boy who was shopping.

Lauren Pozen

In one of her tweets, Pozen claims to have seen the young boy crying. Pozen claimed it appeared that the frightened boy was at the “wrong place at the wrong time.”

 


Then we see that the grandmother, Rev. Dr. Karla Frye, was choked and arrested.

 

Pozen said she also spoke with a mother from Columbia who was shopping with her 18-year-old son when they were arrested. The mother said they were trying to leave. SLCPD stated that they gave three orders to disperse.

 

St Louis County Police Department

Management at the Galleria Mall allowed the protest to go on until protesters tried to block off escalators from customers. At that point, the protest was deemed an unlawful assembly, and the violent arrests began.

SLCPD tweeted out that orders to disperse were given “loud and clear,” but some were refusing to leave. Another tweet said, “No one has the right to destroy the property of others and remain on private property after being asked to leave.”

In another tweet, SLCPD stated that one officer was taken to the hospital with a back injury and two protesters were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

In total, an estimated 150 people dispersed from the area, while a total of 22 were arrested. The charges for those arrested range from “trespassing, rioting, assault on leo, and disorderly conduct,” according to SLCPD.

 

There was a lot of violence displayed by the police:


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