A St. Louis, Missouri city official is calling for an investigation after local law enforcement officers used their stun guns on a group of protesters who were demonstrating against police brutality, according to RT.
St. Louis Alderman Antonio French says he’ll ask the city’s police chief and any witnesses to appear before the city’s public safety committee to discuss the event that took place on Friday evening, when a group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators broke off from a larger group and began marching down the center of a busy city street, writes the news site.
Officers with the St. Louis Police Department closed in on the group of about eight protesters after several automobile accidents nearly occurred as a result of their impromptu march, the report says.
One of the demonstrators recorded officers on a cell phone video as they began to surround the protesters and captured at least one cop quickly deploying his stun gun to try and subdue the group.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, two protesters were hit with Taser blasts because they resisted the officers’ attempt to place them under arrest for ignoring orders to stay on the sidewalk.
The two individuals arrested during the protest were 21-year-old Emmanuel Jones of Florissant and 34-year-old Kristine Hendrix of St. Louis, according to local media. Six others were arrested for impeding traffic.
“I can’t, it hurts,” a woman identified as Hendrix by the River Front Times can be heard screaming. “It hurts so bad, please stop. Please stop hurting me.”
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson defended the police’s actions, telling local station KTVI: “Our response was very appropriate and very measured.”
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SOURCE: RT | VIDEO SOURCE: NDN