South city residents confront police chief on tactics used after grand jury announcement

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Tower Grove south residents confronted St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson on the tactics used by police on the night of the Michael Brown grand jury decision. The tense moments came during a meeting meant to help improve relations between authorities and citizens.

The meeting took place at the Grand Oak Hill Community Corporation and was organized by 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green. Green hoped the meeting would help with peace and progress. But there were a lot of questions for Dotson.

At one point a group from MoKabe's Coffee House on Arsenal walked out wearing masks while Dotson spoke to the crowd of about 100 people. That group and others were upset about the tear gas used by police that night and why officers were in riot gear. Those affiliated with MoKabe's were upset because they say tear gas hit the coffee shop on the  night of the grand jury decision. Dotson said tear gas never specifically targeted MoKabe's and that tear gas was used in the alley behind the shop because windows there were being broken.

Dotson talked about  how challenging that night was for authorities trying to keep some semblance of order.

People had different opinions about how productive the meeting was after it was over.

There are definitely some trust issues that still exist between some in this community and police in the wake of the grand jury decision.


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