The protests keep coming in St. Louis following the acquittal of Jason Stockley, a white police officer who killed a black driver named Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. Eighty protesters were arrested by riot police on Monday night after reported violence and minor vandalism.
After breaking up the protests, St. Louis police were heard chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!” This is a chant often used by protesters, and it appears the police were mocking them:
The increased militarization of the police has clearly escalated the disdain between themselves and those they are sworn to protect—protesters allegedly threw unidentified chemicals at the cops and had weapons confiscated, and the police reacted after the protests like they’d just won a battle over an enemy force. Nationwide, the situation continues to worsen.