Police give testimony about officer conduct at downtown protests - KMOV.com

Police give testimony about officer conduct at downtown protests

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Police arresting someone during demonstrations in downtown St. Louis Sunday night. Credit: KMOV Police arresting someone during demonstrations in downtown St. Louis Sunday night. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Police officers took the stand Thursday about police conduct at protests in the aftermath of the Jason Stockley trial.

Lt. Timothy Sachs told Federal Judge Catherine Perry that he witnessed no excessive force by police during protests on September 17 in downtown St. Louis. He said he would have taken action if he saw excessive force being used.

Wednesday, protesters testified that police have been using excessive force, arresting bystanders, using pepper spray and did not give adequate orders to disperse. Protesters also said police did not give peaceful protesters a chance to leave the area when police blocked off downtown streets.

The protests are at the center of a lawsuit.

Officers made more than 100 arrests on that night.

Sachs said an order to disperse was given five or six times. He also testified that he could hear the announcement from four blocks away but could not make out what exactly was being said.

Police testified that they allowed protesters to leave the area “as long as they could.”

However, some arrested have said they were not protesting but there to observe.

Police testified they should not have still been in the area, saying they had a chance to leave all evening.

Testimony is set to resume Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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