St Louis police knock older woman to ground & arrest her (PHOTO, VIDEO)
Protests erupted in St Louis Friday after police office Jason Stockley was acquitted of the 2011 killing of Anthony Smith, whom he shot five times following a high speed chase.
Demonstrators gathered in downtown St Louis before later marching to the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson Friday night. The incident with the woman took place earlier in the day, when it was still bright out, at Tucker Boulevard and Clark Avenue intersection and was shared online by Fox affiliate KTVI.
Watch the lady wearing red in the bottom right of the screen. Police using pepper spray on protesters marching after the Stockley ruling pic.twitter.com/XF16yxDQqg— FOX2now (@FOX2now) September 15, 2017
The footage, taken from a Fox helicopter above, shows the woman in a red t-shirt and white skirt standing her ground as riot police approach her, not stopping when they reach her.
She walks backwards for a second, away from the approaching wall of officers, before stumbling when one appears to push her. After she falls to the ground, numerous riot police step over her as she lies prone. One of the officers appears to push a protester who is trying to help her.
The woman remains on the ground and is soon surrounded by police who pull her to her feet. Once standing, they pass her to another officer who handcuffs her.
Her name has not been released and it is not known if she faces any charges.
St Louis police arrested this elderly woman whose only crime was that she wasn't able to move fast enough when the riot cops came running.😡 pic.twitter.com/eq1m2cXbQ2— Keith Rose (@KWRose) September 16, 2017
This protest is no longer considered peaceful. Demonstrators are asked to leave the area of Tucker & Clark #STLVerdict— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) September 15, 2017
Later Friday, St Louis police announced the protest was no longer considered peaceful, as demonstrators refused to leave the intersection. They used tear gas to disperse protesters.
Ten police officers were reportedly injured and at least 30 people were arrested.