ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis Police are making no apologies for the weekend clash between Occupiers and police that led to several arrests.
“Our police officers in my estimation show a great deal of restraint when it comes to protestors of any sort,” said Lt. Colonel Timothy Regain. “I think they acted appropriately in this situation.”
Complaints of heavy handed police were made by occupy organizers.
In an anonymous email sent to KMOX, Occupy St. Louis condemned the police for their ‘vicious attacks of brutality.’
Mayor Francis Slay spoke out on Facebook earlier this week criticizing the Occupy Midwest for vandalism in south city particularly, St. Louis’ Director of Public Safety Eddie Roth’s home.
Some of the protesters gathering in St. Louis blame Roth for Thursday night’s violent encounter with police.
The anti-Wall Street group disavowed the spray paint that left a utility box near Tower Grove defaced. And the words “Occupy” and “Resist” spray-painted in 10-foot-high letters on the reservoir at Grand and Russell.
Authorities say they have no leads on the graffiti.
In the email Occupy St. Louis thanked residents and businesses in Tower Grove Areas for helping make Occupy the Midwest a successful event.