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Teen who says he was only shopping could be charged in connection with Galleria protest

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Jake Tallmage being arrested at the Galleria. Credit: KMOV Jake Tallmage being arrested at the Galleria. Credit: KMOV
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News 4 has learned charges could be brought against someone in connection with protests at the Galleria even though his family claims he just was there to shop.

A protest was held at the Galleria mall on September 23 in response to the verdict in the Jason Stockley trial. Seven people were charged with rioting and resisting arrest.

Jake Tallmage, 18, and his parents Ann and Alan were visiting from Columbia, Mo. Ann and Allan say their son goes to Mizzou wanted to check out Washington University. They said they were at the mall to buy new shoes.

“I was in a store and they were asking ‘do you want to stay in?’ and I didn’t know what was going on. I looked for my son and I found him. We saw the protests. They told us to go this way, and we did,” Ann said.

Jake was arrested for trespassing and assault on a law enforcement officer.

News 4 video shows Alan Tallmage in a red hat by the escalator with his phone, documenting what was going on around him. Police told the crowd the protest was no longer peaceful and that protesters should leave.

Video shows protesters then moving towards Macy’s. The Tallmages are seen walking in that direction.

“We were in the middle of it, we were actually trying to leave,” said Alan.

Police approach and form a line. Alan is seen filming police at the time. Police again say it’s time to leave. You then see Jake being arrested.

“It wasn’t even two seconds and police started shoving us. My son was in front of me and this policeman grabbed him first and threw him down and told him he was under arrest,” Alan said.

Police do not agree with that narrative.

“When you follow a group of people through one of the mall to another, completely disregarding the business owners input, law enforcement input, you are taking steps towards what your behavior is going to be,” said Ben Granada with the St. Louis County Police Department.

An attorney for the Tallmage’s says his clients were there to shop, not to protest, but police say they can prove otherwise.

The attorney also said they were in St. Louis to visit Washington University.

St. Louis County police say the case will be presented to prosecutors next week.

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