Disturbing Footage Shows St Louis Police Abusing Journalists And Legal Observers In Wake Of Jason Stockley Protests
St Louis police were caught on camera pepper spraying a large group of people on the ground
Journalists and legal observers were arrested early Monday morning
These arrests are a grim reminder of constitutional offenses committed during Ferguson protests
In a livestream that is far too reminiscent of the Department of Justice cracking down on harsh police tactics in Ferguson, a mass arrest was made in St Louis in the wake of the Jason Stockley not guilty verdict given Friday.
Jon Ziegler, better known as Rebelutionary Z, livestreamed a disturbing video of St Louis police pepper spraying a large group of people then arresting them.
Even after the people had apparently surrendered to police, they still felt it necessary to abuse those in the crowd. Ziegler’s video is a cruel reminder of the growing police state presence around the country.
In the video, officers can be heard calling Ziegler a “superstar,” shortly before he is heard screaming in pain as they allegedly pushed his head into the pavement.
Earlier in the night, known livestreamer and independent journalist Derk Brown was also arrested during his livestream. In Brown’s video, he is hit by a less-than-lethal device from behind before he is tackled to the ground and arrested.
Along with Ziegler and Brown, The Daily Haze was told every legal observer in the immediate area was also arrested. In Ziegler’s video, people are shown sitting on the ground as police continue to pepper spray them.
TDH has been working with Ziegler and spoke with the St Louis Police Department about the arrests. We were told that they were not at “liberty to discuss” the nature of the arrests.