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Video: Judge Orders St. Louis-Area Police to Give Protesters Tear Gas Warning and Time to Flee

December 12, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Judge Orders Police to Give Protesters Tear Gas Warning

U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson's temporary restraining order requires St. Louis-area police to warn crowds of impending use of tear gas and provide "reasonable" time for people to disperse first. But she did not define what is reasonable, saying that would be at police discretion, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

She rejected a request for an order that tear gas be used only as a "last resort," saying there was no way to gauge that circumstance.

Jackson showed sympathy for some of the complaints, for example a failure to distinguish among targets of enforcement action. "There was no distinction drawn in the way peaceful protesters were treated and the way criminals were treated, even though the police do make those distinctions in other situations," she said.

She also said, "People involved in peaceful, nonviolent political speech can do that without being lumped in with the criminals."

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Tom Ret @ 12/13/2014 7:57 AM

This judge doesn't know that the so called peaceful protestors are infested with
ones wanting to cause chaos? She must think there are two or more distinct groups miles apart. Isn't it intuitively clear that tear gas does not remain contained in a little bubble but spreads out?

ssc1911 @ 12/13/2014 12:43 PM

Tom Ret.

You are absolutely right about the judge not knowing that the so called peaceful protestors are infested with those wanting to cause chaos. Last time I remember is that protestors are supposed to disperse upon being ordered to do so by police. That is their warning , if the protestors don't comply then the police have to do what is necessary to get control or disperse the crowd. Why give them any warning, so the protestors can cover their faces with something to protect them. It was no different with the'Rules Of Engagement in Ferguson that cops had to abide by, that was a joke too. The protestors should get any warning peaceful or or not. If they don't disperse upon lawful order they suffer the consequences. sadly this will have a bad outcome for law enforcement as whole.
I have read where there is talk of changing the grand jury system, ie have a special prosecutor for police shootings. Disgraceful .

TC @ 12/13/2014 1:33 PM

Simple solution, have the judge present on the police line to see for herself what reasonable is when facing an unruly mob.

Tom Ret @ 12/13/2014 5:38 PM

Risk adverse will be the common thread with law enforcement, much like what is now happening with the CIA, if people do not stand up against this liberal push to emasculate the authority of those who protect all law abiding people from the lawless and anarchy. If people want minimal police involvement they will probably get it whether they like it or not. Then the complaint will be that the police won't do anything especially in the predominately black communities.

Tom Ret @ 12/14/2014 11:21 AM

Correct to risk-averse above

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