St. Louis officials and residents were left disgusted by videos showing a group of late-night revelers jumping on top of a police car — with an officer inside.
What are the details?
The early Sunday morning incident occurred on Washington Avenue as bars were closing downtown, KMOV-TV reported.
Here are a couple of clips. The first shows police bodycam video as the officer waits inside the patrol car, and the second clip shows the incident from the perspective of another driver:
What are the details?
911 logs indicated calls for shots fired, officers in need of aid, and disturbances on Washington Avenue between 15th and 18th Streets, the station said.
Videos showed numerous police cars responding to the calls, people dancing in the street — and people jumping atop a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department vehicle, KMOV reported.
Regarding the clip of people jumping on top of the police car, police told KMOV the incident started as officers were called to disperse a large party from an apartment building rooftop.
A citywide call for an officer in need of aid was issued as an officer was inside a patrol car while the mob danced, kicked, and stomped on top of it, the station said.
KMOV said police released the video and asked for information on any of the suspects.
Officials weigh in
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones released the following statement Monday, according to the station:
Our office has reviewed the video of people jumping on our patrol cars this weekend. While I’m thankful SLMPD responded quickly and dispersed the crowd without conflict or injury, I’m disappointed in those people who will now have to face consequences for their behavior. Let me be clear: You can go out and have a good time without all this nonsense. If we are committed to building a stronger city, we need to show some courtesy and respect.
Alderman Jack Coatar told the station that “it’s ridiculous and totally unacceptable behavior. That crowd damaged city property and put officers at risk.”
Resident Arnold Stricker — who’s part of Citizens for a Greater Downtown St. Louis — told KMOV he was “a little shocked and disappointed that that would be going on. We want a vibrant recovery from the pandemic for all the businesses and the residents in the city, and that wasn’t a great way to kick that off.”
More from the station:
Saturday night is not the first time there have been concerns on Washington Avenue. The city erected barricades up and down the street last summer to deal with cruising, speeding and dangerous activities. Some of those barricades in Downtown were removed ahead of this weekend due to large crowds expected with St. Louis Blues and Cardinals playing in town.
Videos show people dancing on top of St. Louis police car on Washington Avenue