ST. LOUIS (KFTK) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is bashing St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and claims "every single one of the St. Louis looters and rioters arrested were released back onto the streets."
The St. Louis area has seen multiple nights of violent standoffs with police, looting and destroying local businesses, and buildings set on fire by. The peak came on Monday night, into early Tuesday morning which left four officer shot, one retired police captain murdered, 55 businesses damaged or looted and 25 people arrested. A total of 36 arrests were made by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on Sunday and Monday nights.
A St. Louis police spokesperson tells KMOX, "Relative to the protest arrests, all 36 individuals have been released. Two individuals were released on summonses, and the remaining charges have dispositions of 'Pending Application of Warrant' (PAW) or 'Refused' for police follow up."
In a tweet, Schmitt claims all "looters and rioters" who were arrested have been released and blames the circuit attorney for it. The tweet includes part of a Facebook live where dozens of gunshots can be heard as St. Louis police vehicles drive through downtown St. Louis.
Gardner's spokesperson says that what Schmitt is claiming is inaccurate and Schmitt has not been in contact with the circuit attorney's office.
Schmitt was on with the Marc Cox Show 97.1 FM Talk on Wednesday and says he's made himself available to help local prosecutors, but "that doesn't happen with the circuit attorney's office, unfortunately."
"We're going to be very active and I'm going to do everything I can in my power as attorney general to prosecute these people," Schmitt says. "Again, this is unacceptable."
Gardner's spokesperson also says police submitted only two cases to her office for prosecution. She is asking for more information on those cases before deciding if charges will be filed.