People who have been arrested for rioting and looting, ruining the actual protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, are being released across the country. One place in particular that has apparently seen alleged criminals being released back onto the streets is St. Louis.
Republican Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sent out a tweet Wednesday morning to inform the public about what he called a “stunning development.”
In a stunning development, our office has learned that every single one of the St. Louis looters and rioters arrested were released back onto the streets by local prosecutor Kim Gardner. pic.twitter.com/tMZVAyHssw— Eric Schmitt (@Eric_Schmitt) June 3, 2020
According to Schmitt, all rioters and looters arrested have been let out of custody.
In response, Democrat Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said that “these matters remain under investigation.”
“A few cases involving stealing and looting incidents were referred to our office,” Gardner said, according to KMOV. “In an effort to hold the offenders accountable, we need essential evidence from the police. These matters remain under investigation.”
Gardner claimed that the outrage over her office releasing rioters and looters is “yet another misleading attack against me by the local police officer association.” The St. Louis attorney also said that police need to bring her office “admissible evidence to charge” in order to keep the suspects in custody.
Gardner also said that she believes Schmitt’s stance is purely politically motivated.
“It is clear that he [Schmitt] does not care about justice or safety or the needs of this community,” Gardner said. “He just wants to launch a politically motivated attack against me, even if it means misleading and lying to the public.”
Schmitt’s tweet came the morning after he told Fox News about his disgust over the “horrific and totally unacceptable” attacks on St. Louis police officers during the unrest.
“You had police officers being shot at. Four were shot. You had firefighters responding to businesses being burned and they were assaulted and blocked from getting, you know, to do their job to protect us," Schmitt said Tuesday evening. "You had a retired African-American police officer [David Dorn] who was protecting property [and] was shot and killed. It was broadcast live on social media. You had businesses burned by the assault on the police officers.”
KMOV reported on Wednesday that Gardner and Schmitt haven’t communicated with each other, with Schmitt saying his office has been working directly with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.