Hoping protests remain in a pre-destined area may turn out to be wishful thinking on the part of city leaders, who have been coordinating with St. Louis County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the governor's office to prepare for demonstrations. Protesters have promised "mass disruptions" if Stockley is found not guilty.
Stockley was charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting Anthony Lamar Smith at the end of high-speed pursuit on December 20, 2011.
"That said, law enforcement will do its job and follow proper protocols to stop unlawful behavior and de-escalate situations as needed," Krewson says. "Anyone intent on violence or vandalism toward people or property will be arrested."
City and county police are switching to twelve-hour shifts on Friday, and Gov. Eric Greitens announced today he has taken early steps to activate the Missouri National Guard.