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Mayor Slay, Chief Dotson hold press conference following unrest in south city

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Mayor Francis Slay and Chief Sam Dotson held a press conference Tuesday morning in south St. Louis. They discussed the events that occured overnight following the grand jury announcement.

“I don’t think it’s fair to contrast the City of Ferguson," said Dotson.

The conference was held at the corner of Grand Avenue and Arsenal. Both the mayor and police chief confirmed there were 21 arrests, 6 city violations and nearly 15 felony violations in south city overnight.

Mayor Slay is disappointed in any and all of the violence that occurred.

Although they’re "coming in as professional as they can with minimal force," they've made it clear that criminal activity will not be tolerated.

Chief Dotson is outraged. He believes the criminals were using the cover of the organized protests to carry out their activities.

The area of protests stretched about three blocks. The burglary that occurred in the city happened at Radio Shack located on  Hampton Avenue.

When asked about the response to the I-44 shutdown Dotson explained, “It takes time to stage resources to make sure we arrest people in a safe and effective way.”