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'This is way wrong'; Columbia mom questions son's Galleria protest arrest

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Police make multiple arrests after protesters march through the St. Louis Galleria on Saturday. (Credit: KMOV) Police make multiple arrests after protesters march through the St. Louis Galleria on Saturday. (Credit: KMOV)
Police make multiple arrests after protesters march through the St. Louis Galleria on Saturday. (Credit: KMOV) Police make multiple arrests after protesters march through the St. Louis Galleria on Saturday. (Credit: KMOV)
Police make multiple arrests after protesters march through the St. Louis Galleria on Saturday. (Credit: KMOV) Police make multiple arrests after protesters march through the St. Louis Galleria on Saturday. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

One week after the Jason Stockley verdict, demonstrations continued throughout the St. Louis area over the weekend.

At noon on Saturday, protesters began gathering at the America's Center on Washington Avenue, where protest leaders said clergy from various faiths and denominations would call on Joyce Meyers to speak out against police shootings of unarmed black people.

Meyers was in St. Louis for the Love Live Women's Conference at America's Center. 

Around the same time, protesters began gathering outside of the St. Louis Galleria for another demonstration. On Wednesday, protesters marched to the mall after gathering at Shaw Park in Clayton.

Shortly after gathering, protesters marched through the Galleria. The St. Louis County Police Department tweeted that dispersal orders were issued just after 1 p.m., and later added that some demonstrators refused to comply with the orders.

Anne Tallmage, who was visiting from Columbia, told News 4 that her son was arrested even though he wasn't part of the protest. 

"They said to leave, so we start off walking off leaving, and they came up behind my son, handcuffed him and threw him to the ground," said Tallmage. "He didn't do anything.

"This is way wrong," said Tallmage. "I kind of understand what these people feel like now. I'm scared."

Police said while many people adhered to dispersal warnings and left peacefully, 22 people were arrested during the demonstrations. Seven were later charged.

After arrests were made at the Galleria, protesters headed to the Justice Center in Clayton and started marching in the streets. The protesters proceeded to march outside of a Target store in Brentwood. The protest remained peaceful with no injuries or arrests reported.

After leaving Brentwood, some protesters headed to the St. Louis County Jail in Clayton to stay the night awaiting the release of those arrested at the Galleria earlier in the day. 

Monday morning, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar released the following statement: 

The St. Louis County Police Department has used an incredible amount of discretion during these periods of civil unrest.  Citizens have been allowed to exercise their first Amendment Rights; however, when those protests descend into criminal activity, law enforcement has no other choice but to intervene.

Any use of force that occurred at the Galleria Mall on Saturday, September 23, 2017, has been documented and will be reviewed as is the practice and policy of this department.

The individuals arrested and charged during this incident will be the responsibility of the judicial system. 

False narratives should not be purported without facts and is not helpful.

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger issued the following statement regarding the Saturday protest: 

Police on Saturday performed their duty to the best of their ability under extremely difficult circumstances. Their job was especially challenging as the protest occurred in an enclosed space on private property.

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