Occupy The Midwest Taking St. Louis To Court After Clash With Police

Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  St. Louis officials can expect to hear from attorneys for Occupy the Midwest.

Lawyers for the protest group have singled out a city police captain who they say authorized violence against protestors during a clash late Thursday night at the Compton Reservoir, in which some protestors suffered injuries and more than a dozen were arrested.

They say the officer in question has a long history of misconduct violations, and can be heard on videotape congratulating his officers on a “job well done” after Thursday’s fracas.

“Police gave no order to disperse from the park or the surrounding area,” Eli Silva, an Occupy member from Tulsa Oklahoma, was quoted as saying. “I was on the sidewalk, recording video footage when I saw the police hit another demonstrator in the neck with a nightstick. I asked for their names and badge numbers, and I was then told I was under arrest.”

An attorney with the St. Louis National Lawyers Guild called it a “vicious attack” on the part of poice, adding she will pursue every legal avenue available against the city.

During their four-day conference that wrapped up Sunday, Occupy the Midwest members held workshops and networking sessions, and demonstrated against several “corporate criminals” including the Bank of America, Peabody Energy, and Monsanto.

Occupy the Midwest leaders are also considering future actions at the NATO summit meeting in Chicago in May, and in Kansas City over the summer.


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