Dem prosecutor releases every rioter, looter arrested by St. Louis police without charges

by Jordyn Pair · Jun 3rd, 2020 3:52 pm

All 36 people arrested by St. Louis police during riots have been released without charges, according to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

Schmitt said that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner declined to charge any of the people arrested during riots between Sunday and Tuesday.

"To see that kind of level of violence and rioting that went on, police officers being shot and shot at, a retired police captain being murdered, people throwing rocks and gasoline and frozen water bottles at police officers, firefighters being assaulted and blocked from doing their job, businesses that have served the community for years being burned to the ground, it's unfathomable that every single person arrested that night has been released," Schmitt said. "It is stunning."

Schmitt said he would "do all he can" to prosecute those who had been arrested.

People were originally arrested on charges of misdemeanors and felonies for burglaries, property damage, assault, interfering with arrest, stealing, trespassing, and unlawful use of weapon.

Only two of the 36 arrests resulted in summons, with the remaining 34 resulting in "Pending Application of Warrant" or "Refused" for police follow up status, according to the police department.

A person must be released after 24 hours if they are not charged with a crime. Gardner's office has up to three years to charge people with the crime. Schmitt said that releasing them without charges allows them to continue to riot.

"It emboldens them," Schmitt said. "There have to be consequences to that and we're just not seeing that from the local prosecutor."

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