For the last few days, violent looters have ravaged storefronts across St. Louis, Missouri.
Draped in masks, they seem to think they’re invincible.
But one thing the Missouri Governor just said is sure to send a chill down their spines.
In response to a judge acquitting former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley of murder charges, protests and riots broke out.
Following the violence in neighboring Ferguson just years before, it wasn’t much of a surprise to law enforcement.
The police showed up fully prepared to enforce the law, and have made over 80 arrests since the violence started.
Despite the strong police presence, scenes of masked thugs looting storefronts have been widely circulated.
And in response, the Republican Governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, made it clear that looting and violence will not be tolerated.
While speaking to Fox News, he stated:
“We had leaders who wanted to give people a safe space to loot and to burn,”
“Now in Missouri if you loot the only safe space you’re going to have is in a jail cell.”
As reported by Breitbart:
“Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens warned demonstrators in St. Louis, Missouri, that looting and violence would not be tolerated as violent protesters continue to wreak havoc in the city.
“We had leaders who wanted to give people a safe space to loot and to burn,” Greitens told Fox News. “Now in Missouri if you loot the only safe space you’re going to have is in a jail cell.”
“If you’re going to riot we’re going to cuff you,” he continued. “Violence and vandalism is not protest. It is a crime.”
Violent protesters stormed St. Louis following a judge’s decision Friday to acquit former police officer Jason Stockley, a white male, of murder charges in connection the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, a black male.
Protesters squared off against cops dressed in riot gear while looters and vandals destroyed storefronts. Police have made more than 80 arrests as of Monday, and several officers had suffered non-life-threatening injuries.”
This strong leadership in the Governor’s office is new to the state of Missouri.
The former Democrat Governor, Jay Nixon, was in power during the riots in Ferguson a few years back.
During that period, he was strongly criticized for his failure to take charge, and seriously make efforts to stop the violence.
When faced with violent “Black Lives Matter” terrorists, he was quick to kowtow to them and give in to many of their demands before listening to police experts.
But the current governor clearly has a better grip on how to handle the situation.
Before violence could even break out, he had an army of police officers deployed ready to defend the citizens of St. Louis.
This shift in strategy appears to be working, as much of the violence has been able to be contained through more aggressive enforcement.
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