AG Hawley calls for anti-riot laws to be enforced, pledges full resources of Attorney General’s Office

Sep 16, 2017, 12:12 PM
Sep 16, 2017, 12:10 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Josh Hawley sent a letter this morning to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office outlining the laws against rioting and vandalism the Circuit Attorney has responsibility to enforce, and making available all resources from the Attorney General's Office to prosecute individuals who engage in violence or crime in the wake of the Jason Stockley verdict.

In the letter, Attorney General Hawley wrote that he is “committed to upholding the constitutional rights of all Missourians, including the fundamental rights of peaceful protesters to engage in free speech and peaceable assembly. However, no person has the right to engage in violence or crime."

Hawley added: "Citizens who demonstrate peacefully must be protected. Vandals and looters must be prosecuted."

Attorney General Hawley spoke with law enforcement officials this morning and expressed his gratitude for their unwavering service to the St. Louis community and the state.

“Missourians should be incredibly proud of our men and women in law enforcement who have risked their own safety to protect the safety of the protestors and the citizens of St. Louis.”