ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay sent a letter to the board of aldermen Tuesday, in which he outlines the National Guard’s role in the city and what he expects from officers.
He says the city is requesting four hundred National Guard troops who would work two 12-hour shifts, two hundred each.
He says the unified command has agreed to about half of the 19 requests of the “rules of engagement” put forth by protest groups.
In the letter Slay says, “Our goal is to keep all of our citizens and their homes and businesses safe, including those who are in neighborhoods that are nowhere near where the protests end up being concentrated.”
He goes on to say, “I do expect that some of the demonstrations will be peaceful and disruptive. I do expect widespread civil disobedience and subsequent arrests for low level municipal violations…. I do expect our state, our region and our city to make substantial change going forward. I do expect we will get through this better and stronger.”