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Protests in downtown St. Louis over two officer-involved shootings shut down city hall

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Protests over two recent officer-involved shootings shut down St. Louis City Hall. Credit: KMOV Protests over two recent officer-involved shootings shut down St. Louis City Hall. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Demonstrators took to the streets of downtown Monday to voice their desire for answers surrounding the deaths of two men who were killed by police.

The demonstration lasted about two hours and shut down City Hall from 11:00 a.m. onwards.

The crowd held up signs and walked to protest, as a line of cars trailed behind them on Market to continue the show of support when the group turned on Tucker.

Isaiah Hammett was shot and killed by St. Louis Police on June 7.  The SWAT team was serving a warrant at his South City home near Kingshighway and Rosa.

“My son was murdered,” says Gina Torres.

Police say Hammett pointed an AK-47 at them and fired multiple shots. Hammett's mother, Gina says it's the other way around.

“My dad said 'who is shooting? He says 'I don't know Grandpa, I love you.' Those were my son's last words,” she says.

Police say they took 14 other weapons from Hammett's home as well as marijuana. Hammett's mother wouldn't speak on the drugs found, but said this about the guns.

“My father is a veteran, three purple hearts. He was a hunter. Those are my father's guns,” says Torres.

Hammett's friends and family weren't the only ones seeking answers. So were friends and family of Isiah Perkins.

He was shot and killed by police on July 20, following a chase involving a stolen SUV.

“My husband and I both are grieving. July 20 has turned our whole lives upside down,” says  Bridget Perkins.

Police say her son was known to them and that he tried to ram a police car the night before.

“I am just hurting. I just need some answers. Why they did this to my son? He was a great guy,” says Eugene Perkins Jr.

Police say they are investigating both officer-involved shootings, along with the prosecutor’s office.

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