St. Louis Cops Debunk Criticism Over Tactics

A former cop is acquitted in the shooting death of a heroin dealer.  The usual suspects turn out to create a big ruckus over the judges decision.  OK, citizens have the right to protest…within bounds.



Lately I’ve seen headlines saying that the cops used “heavy handed” measures to block/stop the protests.  Let’s take a look.

Recently the SLMPD used a maneuver called “Kettleing” to corral and stop individuals from continuing to block traffic, destroy property and generally being a pain in the ass.

This only occurred after the remnants of the crowd were told via loud speaker that they were going to be arrested if they didn’t disperse.  Testing the cops fortitude and resolve, a number remained in the street.  They were “Kettled” arrested and booked on charges of assault, rioting, impeding the normal flow of traffic and disorderly conduct.

Those arrested were told numerous times to depart…did they?  Noooo.  What followed was a professional and swift removal of the offenders.

“I didn’t hear them tell us nothin’ like that.”  Are you deaf, don’t understand English?  The orders were given numerous times over loudspeakers that could be heard at the top of the Arch.

Get a life people!  With the backing of the new MO governator and a police chief with a low “lunacy” tolerance the city of St. Louis is back and law and order prevails.


About Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit
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