Activists against the not guilty verdict of former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley held a town hall Thursday night after Mayor Lyda Krewson canceled her own town halls due to protests.
Those who attended the town hall, which was held at the Christ Church Cathedral, had a list of 12 demands, which included firing the city’s interim police chief, Lawrence O’Toole, and the resignation of Mayor Krewson.
“For anybody asking, we have demands,” Rep. Bruce Franks said. “We have unique demands, but those demands and legislation aren’t the only things that’s going to get them to understand that they need to understand that they are going to stop killing us. Because, if we present those demands with no action then what happens? They just sit there. They just on a piece of paper.”
Inside a place known for soft speaking and showing actions of love, the sanctuary served as a megaphone. People voiced concerns about police, the need for a change in the city and department leadership, accountability and body cameras.
Many in attendance were also challenging the mayor's response to what they call police misconduct and the cancellation of her own town halls.
City Treasurer Tishaura Jones is against body cameras. She said it is due to the challenge of when the public can see the footage.
"Even though they have the body cameras, we won't be able to see a thing. Personally, I think we wasted money. I think we should be putting money into training for police," said Jones.
One woman asked panelists if protests were working.
"When folks ask if the protests are effective? Ten or 11 million sound effective to me. Shutting down a concert with a flyer sounds effective to me," said Rep. Franks.
News 4 asked Rep. Franks where he got the numbers.
"So, it's been a couple of studies done where we have inside information and there are some public as well," added Rep. Franks.
Krewson was not at the town hall. Organizers said they did invite her. The mayor's office told News 4 she has no comment, but will in the coming days.
The St. Louis Action Council, among other groups, organized this town hall.
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