Questions raised over tazing of protesters in downtown St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Questions are being raised over this past weekend’s tazing of two protesters in downtown St. Louis. Incident occurred Friday night around 11:40 pm Washington Avenue as around a dozen protesters were demonstrating in the street.

St. Louis police officers had told protesters to stay out of the street and to move to the sidewalk several times. But some of the protesters continued to demonstrate in the street nearly causing several accidents with motorist trying to avoid the protesters. Officers moved in to get the protesters back on the sidewalk, but some refused. Two of the protesters were tased in the course of arresting 8 individuals for impeding traffic flow.

The incident was caught on mobile phone video, which has cause at stir about the tactics the officers used to arrest the suspects and the use of force in tazing two of the protesters.

Alderman Antonio French wants to call St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson before an aldermanic committee to answer questions about the arrest and tazing.

Reporter George Sells has the story.