“Based on the evidence we’ve seen, we believe an outside investigation into police treatment of protestors and those engaged in civil disobedience following the Stockley verdict is a step in the right direction,” said Tony Rothert, legal director at the ACLU of Missouri. “In a robust democracy, we must always protect the Constitutional rights of those observing, recording or participating in protest activity.”

Last week, the ACLU of Missouri filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Louis for unlawful and unconstitutional actions against people during the Stockley verdict demonstrations of the past week.