VIDEO: ACLU Accuses Police Of ‘Ramming A Police Car Into A Crowd’ – Video Shows The Truth
ACLU Falsely Claims St. Louis Police Rammed Protesters
St. Louis, MO – The ACLU is accusing St. Louis area law enforcement of unlawfully detaining and arresting people, excessive force, unconstitutionally breaking up peaceful assembly, and “ramming a police car into a crowd,” during the St. Louis riots.
However, the facts of the circumstances and video tell a different story (video below.)
On Sunday night at around 7 PM, St. Louis Police Department stopped a vehicle occupied by two armed fugitives at 29th at Locust.
The driver was wanted for Assault 1st, and the passenger was wanted for Making a Terrorist Threat. The suspects were armed with three firearms.
While the officers were arresting the suspects, a third suspect came over from a nearby protest and began throwing rocks at the arresting officers.
Another officer arrived in an unmarked Impala, and detained the rock thrower in the back of his patrol car. The nearby protesters saw the scene and started to swarm in towards the officers, yelling at them.
With the officers getting surrounded by hostile protesters, they were unable to drive away from the crowd because of a road closure ahead.
The officer in the Impala then reversed down the street as protesters moved out of the way well ahead of the car; they then chased after the officer and tried to kick the car.
Nobody was struck by the patrol car or injured during the incident.
While the ACLU has been given this facts, they have released the following statement:
“However, from eyewitness and filmed accounts, we continue to see the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department engage in unacceptable, unlawful and unconstitutional behavior.
“Several videos from Sunday night show a police officer ramming a police car into a crowd.
“This was not only dangerous, it was criminal. We ask that Mayor Lyda Krewson identify this officer and immediately remove him from active duty until there is a complete investigation.
“Police also unlawfully detained and arrested people, used excessive force and unconstitutionally broke up a peaceful assembly of people.”
This isn’t the first time recently that the ACLU has lied about law enforcement.
In May, the ACLU told people that police in Bridgeport, Connecticut shot a black teen while he was “driving a car.” They failed to mention that he was driving a stolen car over a police officer at the time he was shot.
Prior to the presidential inauguration, the ACLU announced to all media outlets that DC police would not have their body cameras on during inauguration day demonstrations because it was illegal for them to record during protests. That claim was entirely untrue, and officers were told to record with their body cameras during the event.
More recently, the ACLU has been tweeting with the hashtag #BulliesInBlue with any mention of school resource officers. They’ve also been applying the hashtag to other irrelevant mentions of law enforcement, including claiming that police would be bringing weapons of war into our schools.
You can see video of the incident below. The unmarked car drive in at about the one minute mark.