About two dozen protesters staged a "Monday Mourning wake-up call" demonstration in front of Mayor Francis Slay's home in south St. Louis early Monday, erecting fake tombstones in his front yard and calling for changes in how police shootings are investigated.
But their calls were unanswered as the mayor never came to the door. The group, which carried a mock coffin and bullhorn, marched about a half-block in the Boulevard Heights neighborhood, near Germania Avenue and Interstate 55. They left by about sunrise as more police officers and Police Chief Sam Dotson arrived. There were no arrests.
The protesters said they planned similar protests at other city officials' homes on upcoming Mondays. They say they want the city to set up civilian review of police-involved shootings and get rid of the hot-spot policing, which they claim is racial profiling.