>> After four straight nights of violent protest in St. Louis, and the city bracing for more, Mayor Lyda Krewson on Tuesday ditching plans to hold a town hall meeting demonstrators were planning to attend. The Mayor sending out a tweet saying, town hall meetings plan for this week have been postponed because the voice of the people are being heard in the streets and on social media, and quote, we are listening.
During daylight hours, largely peaceful protesters have poured out across the city daily since the acquittal last week of a white ex-cop who shot and killed a black motorist. But demonstrations quickly descend into chaos once the sun goes down with police confrontations and property damage resulting in numerous arrests.
Protest organizers had hoped to shift focus away from the night time violence. And back on the real issues. Missouri State Representative Bruce Franks.>> Why aren't our conversations more about a officer that should be in jail right now? Why aren't our conversations more about a city actually coming together behind police accountability and moving forward to bridge a gap?
There will be those folks who try to change the narrative. There will be folks who are upset about what's going on. And they're well in their rights to be upset. But understand why we're upset, understand why we're out here.
The Mayor trying to prevent St. Louis from becoming the next Ferguson.
A nearby city rocked by violence back in 2014 over the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer. Her efforts, however, are being made ever more difficult by accusations made by protesters, including one claim that some cops were taunting demonstrators with the phrase, whose streets, our streets.
The Mayor coming out strongly saying quote, intimidation is not conduct that lives up to the standard of behavior expected by city police officers. While violent protesters aren't getting a free pass either, to them she warned, agitators may be arrested.