Vigil today for 21-year-old killed 4 years ago in no-knock raid


ST. LOUIS – It’s been four years since 21-year-old Isaiah Hammett was killed during a no-knock raid by a police SWAT team.

There will be a vigil Monday for Hammett at the St. Louis Police Officers Association building on Hampton Avenue at 11:30 a.m. No charges have been filed in Hammett’s death.

Police stated the shooting was justified as Hammett opened fire on them with an AK-47 and was killed in the ensuing firefight. The family disputes this claim and instead claims the gun did not work and was legally purchased.

Multiple people will speak at the vigil. Those include Isaiah’s mother, Gina, and other family members, people whose lives have been impacted by police violence

The Coalition Against Police Crimes & Repression (CAPCR) Co-chair John Chasnoff will
present a legal update on Gina’s civil lawsuit and the potential for criminal charges.

Skadden Fellow & Staff Attorney at Arch City Defenders Emanuel Powell will remember his
own cousin killed by police and present an update on SWAT and the elimination of no-knock

Below is a list of what CAPCR and Isaiah’s family are calling for:

  • The creation of systems for families to get timely support and information about their loved ones’ whereabouts and receive financial support for necessary costs.
  • The relocation of the Force Investigative Unit (FIU) into a civilian authority.
  • Defunding SWAT, as part of the continued defunding of the police, and the simultaneous funding of community services
  • The new City Administration and Circuit Attorney’s Office break the log jam of FIU reports so that appropriate prosecutions can proceed.

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