ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson addressed reporters at an afternoon news conference. He discussed protests since the shooting of Mansur Ball-Bey. The news conference comes after an autopsy report confirmed that the 18-year-old shot and killed by police was shot in the back.
Dotson said that the investigation is not over and police are still talking with witnesses and collecting evidence. He urges the community to not rush to conclusions and said the complete truth takes time to put together.
Police are seeking a 4th individual in the home that police were searching when Ball-Bey was shot is still being sought by police. Dotson is urging that person to come forward so they can put together a better picture of what happened on Wednesday morning.
Demonstrators marched on Thursday from the intersection of Page and Walton, where Ball-Bey was shot, to the Central West End. They blocked the intersection at Euclid and Maryland. Some in the group decided to damage cars. Two individuals were assaulted after the protesters marched away from the intersection. One man had a scrape to his face and an alderwoman did not sustain any injuries.
Dotson says some in the group were taking advantage of the situation. They were damaging property and not just exercising their 1st amendment rights.
Officers in the St. Louis City Police department have started to go on 12 hour days with no vacation. They are preparing for possible unrest this weekend.
The Missouri Highway Patrol may be helping the Police Department in the event of possible unrest