Community hopes block party for Vonderrit Myers will build better relationship with police

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It's been less than a year since 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers was shot and killed by a St. Louis police officer. Saturday a block party was held in memory of Vonderrit Myers.

But organizers want people to know there`s more than just food and music at this party.  It`s intended to garner support for change in police community relations.

Moving down South Grand, marchers chant: this is what community looks like. And you see different ethnic groups ranging in age from toddler to senior citizens marching to what is being called, a block party with a purpose. On this one year anniversary of Michael Brown`s death, this march started at the Vonderrit Myers memorial at Klemm and Shaw. Myers was killed by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 8th 2014.  Today supporters call for an end to what they describe as excessive force by police. Vonderrit`s father says he`s grateful so many people have come out to support this event in his son`s name.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce determined charges would not be filed against the officer.  But attorneys representing Myer`s family are preparing to file a multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit.

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