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St. Louis Mayor Denounces Police for 'Whose Streets? Our Streets!' Chant

St. Louis Mayor Denounces Police for 'Whose Streets? Our Streets!' Chant
From Rolling Stone - September 20, 2017

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson publicly disapproved of the taunting chants of "Whose streets? Our streets!" that several police officers were caught shouting at protesters Sunday night.

During a press conference Tuesday, Krewson admitted, "I wish that would not have been said. That's not appropriate for police officers to say." She acknowledged that while the police force is under a lot of stress, "that's not an excuse."

The slogan was previously used by participants of a white supremacist march in Charlottesville last month.

Krewson also condemned interim police Chief Lawrence O'Toole for previously saying that "police owned tonight" in reaction to the violent tussle between police and protesters Sunday.

"I think that's an inflammatory comment," Krewson said. "The police department is charged with protecting."

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