ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Mayor Slay, County Executive Dooley and Missouri Director of Public Safety Dan Isom held a press conference Friday to respond to the Don’t Shoot Coalition’s “Rules of Engagement” that were made public on Nov. 5.
"This morning, we talked about how the interaction went with protesters and the police," Isom said. "We were able to dialogue about what the police response was and the reaction of protesters and we are going to continue to do that."
Some of the rules call for preservation of human life, while others demand that authorities avoid using riot gear and not react to those who hit police with bottles. St. Louis County Police said on Nov. 19 that they had agreed to some of the rules.
Unified Command is also agreeing that things like excessive force won't be tolerated, adding that the coalition should renounce any harassment of police as well.
During Friday’s press conference, Dooley said there were no negotiations made between law enforcement and protesters regarding the “Rules of Engagement” but a conversation took place between the two groups to discuss them.
Dooley said it is not always about agreeing with one another but about respecting all opinions.
According to Slay, the underlying goal is the protect demonstrators by protecting their constitutional rights.
Slay, Dooley and Isom’s press conference was about an hour after the attorney for the family of Michael Brown held a conference asking for peace following the announcement of the grand jury’s decision.