6 more lawsuits over St. Louis police handling of protests
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Six new lawsuits accuse St. Louis police of misconduct in their handling of protesters after a former officer was acquitted in the death of a suspect.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the federal lawsuits were filed Tuesday, all stemming from a protest near Ballpark Village on Sept. 29, 2017. That protest was among several after Jason Stockley, who is white, was found not guilty in the death of a black suspect.
One of the new lawsuits says police threw the Rev. Darryl Gray to the ground, breaking his glasses, before arresting him. Protester Calvin Kennedy says a stun gun was used on him without warning. The others allege people were pepper-sprayed for questioning the treatment of Gray and Kennedy.
Fifteen other lawsuits have been filed stemming from other protests.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com