(KMOV.com) – A pastor who was at protests following an officer-involved shooting in south St. Louis said several violent demonstrators should have been arrested.
Rev. Starsky Wilson, the pastor of St. John’s Evangelical United Church of Christ, said protesters took the streets to demand a thorough investigation of the deadly police shooting 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers. Wilson said protesters were also out to condemn heavy handed policing of African Americans.
Wilson said a small group of people are responsible for violence at the protests, but said police are not focusing enough on that small group. Wilson said police used mace on larger groups of people who were not a threat. Wilson said police tactics were heavy handed and that police do not understand the difference between an agitator and violent agitator.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson defended the actions of police when he spoke to News 4.
Dotson said police asked much of the crowd to leave after windows of a police car were smashed and a glass door of business was smashed. According to Dotson, most of the crowd complied but others stayed and blocked the road. Dotson said police used mace on protesters who ignored their orders.