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ST. LOUIS – Mayor Lyda Krewson addressed the protesting that turned violent in St. Louis City this weekend, saying the city will not condone violence and looting.

In a Facebook live stream, Krewson explained, “We in St. Louis respect everyone’s right to protest in a non-violent way, protest peacefully, maybe loud, but not violent. We respect that.”

Friday night, non-violent protests were held downtown. The St. Louis demonstrators moved to shut down a stretch of Interstate 70 when the man was struck by the FedEx vehicle. He was between the truck’s trailers when he was dragged by the semi-truck.

“Unfortunately, late at night, there are other factions within the protest group who then take the protest a different way, a more violent way,” said Krewson.

The demonstrations are a reaction to the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis. Local protesters joined demonstrations in nearly 140 cities. 

Krewson said the police department did a good job working with protest leaders in order to exercise a lot of restraint so the non-violent protests could occur.

The mayor explained city leaders are listening and are speaking with clergy and others community leaders about the protestors concerns.

Krewson also reminded the community we are in the middle of a health pandemic. The city will be handing out face masks to protestors.