Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Those Arrested in 'Kettle' during St. Louis Protest Get Letters Putting off Court Dates

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Those Arrested in 'Kettle' during St. Louis Protest Get Letters Putting off Court Dates

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More than 120 people were ordered to appear in court Wednesday on a "failure to disperse" charge when they were arrested by St. Louis police on Sept. 17 in a tactic known as "kettling."

But everyone arrested should have received a letter informing them of a delay.

"As of today, the City Counselor is still reviewing the evidence against you in order to decide whether or not to file charges and it is not anticipated that this decision will be made prior to Oct. 18, 2017," the letters say.

Those who acknowledged receiving letters include Post-Dispatch reporter Mike Faulk, Air Force Lt. Alex Nelson, two local high school seniors and postdoctoral neuroscience researcher Mario Ortega.

"(The letter) was vague," Ortega said in a text message. "No timeline."

Emily Davis also received the letter and has "mixed feelings. …

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