a reply to: dianajune
first thing he said was he is not there to announce the grand jury decision.
not his responsibility and he does not know when they will announce the decision.
for 3 weeks they have been meeting to set a proposed set of rules for after the announcement.
all working together to maintain peace
want activist to focus on the change that must take place
gonna do whats right and be respectful of the protestors rights and their right to protest.
cops have to protect themselves at well
a legacy of this country that people have free speech no matter how you feel
respect all opinions even if i dont agree with you
understand all americans have laws that must be upheld
now the mayor
do not know when the decision from grand jury will come out
eirc holders office is currently investigating wilson and the department
vast majority of cops across the country honorably defend public safety
calling on protestors to conduct themselves peacefully
browns dad called for peace and change in a couragous video
dont want my sons death to be in vain
it would be imprudent not to plan for protest
in similar situations in other cities things ended badly
both sides have met 5 times to address codes of conduct.
we did not agree to some of the proposed rules cause it would have limited cops to eep people safe
cops instructed to protect protestors rights...
we expect some of the protestors will be disruptive. they will try to inconvenience people. if protestors are not violent then cops will not be
when protestors are being civilly disobedient they will be given a chance to follow the law before they are arrested. might be allowed to occupy
public spaces longer than normal. will be on a case by case basis.
police tactics will not change based on protestors words, only actions..
their goal is everyone goes home safe. no damage to homes and business. to close racial divide and begin to heal.
we support law enforcement. the vast majority is well trained professionals. during ferguson oct cops were a target. protestors tried to bait cops
into taking aggressive action. not one officer took the bait. they showed incredible restraint.
important to remember that we have much work to do together to make st louis to be more just and fair for everyone
our goal is to protect the protestors rights and to protect people and their property.
now public safety director///he is former police chief
this is a good thing when people dialogue.
city/county/highway patrol has been involved in discussions...direct lines of comms have bene set up to make sure citizens and cops are talking.
to protestors that want to be heard....we hear you..we will protect your right to speech.
to property owners who hope and want to be safe. we will protect your business.
if things get out of hand in a bad way what happens...take it on case by case basis based on the situation and will protect everyone
will there be assurance to business owners who felt police stood down and let people destroy property.
all things will be protected. people and business will be protected
what message sent to people that want to disrupt...case by case basis...
violence will not be tolerated....example. if someone is j walking we will not arrest. if it is something harmful to people or business we will take
is there a reason for people to worry about what happens after decision...we need to be prepared for whatever happens. we have no info that would
cause us to advise citizens to be in fear of danger to themselves or their property. we want to make sure people know if there is unrest we will be
prepared to handle it.
during the last situation nobody was seriously hurt. no life taken. people saw 5 hours of a 12 hour shift and that was not indicitive of what
you said cops would not take the bait but the last 2 nights cops took the bait and acted with overkill.....no matter what happens people will think
cops are acting aggressive or over reaching...
why did police respond in full gear wed and thurs......i cant say why. i dont know why..what i can say is we are discussing it.
were they incorrect in responding in full gear...i dont know they were incorrect. we are trying to get both sides to understand.
is unified command making preparations by comments/threats by kkk......not going to discredit what you said. there are rumors flying. investigating
some. one of the problems we have is the media..a lot of times what people here is far from the truth. step back and take a breath...we will act
responsibly and according to whatever presents itself.
resource wise, what about crimes in other areas...are there resources to deal with it..the city will be protected. part of why the national guard will
be here to help back up the cops. to make sure people are safe