St. Louis, Missouri 2021-05-24 22:58:00 –
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com)-Chaotic is the way Washington Avenue residents describe out-of-control party attendees from Saturday night.
“Wow, I can’t believe this was happening on the other side of my building,” said resident Taylor Porter.
Social media videos available online show a large crowd outside Washington Avenue early Sunday morning when the bar is closing on a busy street in downtown St. Louis.
According to 911 records, there was a call for fire, police in need of assistance, and mayhem on Washington Avenue between 15th and 18th Avenues. Residents shared a video with News 4 and showed a number of police cars responding to the incident. Other social media videos show people dancing on the street and jumping standing on a vehicle at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Station (SLMPD).
They said police began sharing video of the incident and body camera footage and were called to disband a large party from the roof of the apartment. Police officers were in the police car when the mob danced, kicked, and trampled, and city-wide police officers were issued in need of a call for help. St. Louis police have released a video seeking information about one of the suspects.
St. Louis City Sheriff Vernonbetts tells News 4 he met with his Chief of Staff on Monday about the possibility of returning his agent to Washington Avenue for a weekend patrol. From October 2020 to April 2021, lawmakers gave special attention to SLMPD, which needed assistance due to concerns about staff shortages.
“We removed the guns from the people, stopped the fight, and stopped driving around the streets,” Betts said.
According to Betts, the details were approved by former Mayor Lyda Krewson, so he stopped patrols on Washington Avenue on the weekend when Mayor Tishaura Jones was elected. Betts believes that their presence might have helped disperse the crowd if his agents were still working over the weekend.
News 4 contacted Mayor Jones’ office to see if he would consider returning lawmakers to Washington Avenue. A spokesman says he is investigating this.
Jones issued the following statement on Monday:
Our office reviewed videos of people jumping into our police car this weekend. We are grateful that SLMPD responded quickly and dispersed the crowd without collision or injury, but we are disappointed by those who have to face the consequences of their actions. Let me be clear, you can go out and have a good time without this nonsense. When we commit to building a stronger city, we need to show some courtesy and respect.
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