ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Renewed protests tonight in Clayton after a New York City Grand Jury refused to issue an indictment in the choke hold death of a black man. Video shows a white police officer on top of the man who was suspected of selling cigarettes illegally. The NYC Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide.
A group of clergy and church based community organizers marched through Clayton just as office employees were heading home. Some of the protestors belong to the Gamaliel National Network. They are in town for a planning retreat.
Several spoke to the crowd in front of the St. Louis County Justice Center about what they believe was another miscarriage of justice, this time in New York. Participants held signs saying “Impeach Jay Nixon” and “Stenger Step Up.” During the march they chanted demanding “Justice for Mike Brown.”
Local clergy including Rev. Charles Burton of United Congregations Metro East called on County Executive-elect Steve Stenger to hold a summit of mayors and police chiefs to reform the municipal court system that has put low income people in prison for traffic and other minor violations. They also want a county wide effort to put community policing procedures in place.
Leaders of the group hope to meet with Stenger on Thursday.