Police in St. Louis, Missouri, have fired tear gas at demonstrators and tear gas canisters at another group of demonstrators in the city’s downtown.
The police department said Wednesday afternoon that they were responding to an attack by a group of about 50 to 70 people.
“We are in the process of responding to a group that was allegedly engaged in criminal behavior,” the St. Charles County Police Department said in a statement.
The St. Joseph County Police said they had responded to the scene “for the safety of the public.” “
This type of behavior will not be tolerated and will not continue to be tolerated by our officers.”
The St. Joseph County Police said they had responded to the scene “for the safety of the public.”
St. Anthony police chief said police were responding “to a call” for assistance Wednesday morning after the shooting.
He said that police were able to determine the gunman was the shooter.
The St Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police initially responded to a call of shots fired, but were told the crowd was there to protest the death of a black man, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by police in August.
The protesters had been camping near Interstate 50.
St. Michael’s Police Chief Larry Jones told the newspaper the crowd started to move when a police officer tried to arrest them.
Jones said that when they saw officers, “they saw an individual with a rifle and started to flee the scene.”
Jones told local news station WTVF that the shooting was not an act of terrorism. “
Officers were able, after securing the individual in a car, to obtain an arrest warrant for the individual.”
Jones told local news station WTVF that the shooting was not an act of terrorism.
“The individual was arrested on a charge of assaulting a police or military officer,” he said.
“It was a situation where the individual acted in an unlawful manner.”
St Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters that officers had deployed tear gas.
“In the immediate aftermath of this incident, we have used the most effective means available to assist law enforcement,” Dotson said.
In August, several hundred protesters set up a camp in front of the city hall, blocking traffic on Interstate 45 and Interstate 65. “
These are not the actions of an individual that was a violent person.”
In August, several hundred protesters set up a camp in front of the city hall, blocking traffic on Interstate 45 and Interstate 65.
Protesters were later dispersed by police.
St Louis Mayor Francis Slay said at the time that the demonstrations “will never be tolerated.”