ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com
) – Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) and other protest groups will hold a press conference aimed at St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce.
In a press release from MORE, the groups want Joyce to hold police accountable for the death of VonDerrit Meyers Jr. They're also calling for the end of repressive police tactics against protesters and long-term reform of the local criminal justice system.
In a press release from MORE, the groups demand Joyce “convene an open town hall meeting for members of the community to voice their concerns and hold her accountable for her inaction.”
Joyce said she would not be at her office during Friday's protest but has scheduled a meeting with MORE for next week.
She also issued a statement Friday saying "Freedom of expression and assembly are as important to our free society as liberty, due process and every other fundamental right afforded in our great country. I respect those wishing to peaceably exercise their rights as citizens. Since I announced our decision in the VonDerrit Myers case, I have extended multiple invitations to the Myers family through their attorney to meet with them. My invitations have gone unanswered. The doors remain open to anyone who wants to peacefully discuss their concerns. I have met with the NAACP, several city aldermen, state representatives, the Department of Justice and community leaders since the release of the 51-page report to the community. Most have not expressed concern over the Myers case."
Joyce also urged anyone with information “that an officer has violated Missouri law” to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chief of Police or her office.
Joyce announced on May 18 that no charges would be filed against the St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Meyers Jr.
The protest groups held a press conference, which they say was directed at Joyce, today at noon outside the Carnahan Courthouse on Market Street.