The St. Louis County Police Department (SLCPD) took Webster student Aideen O’Brien into police custody September 23, following protests against the Jason Stockley’s not guilty trial verdict. The SLCPD confirmed O’Brien was arrested and charged with rioting and two counts of resisting or interfering with arrest.
O’Brien’s trial is set for October 23 at the St. Louis County Court Building in Clayton, Missouri. She is represented by Joseph P. Welch, a criminal defense lawyer representing activists, dissenters and personal injury.
On September 23, protesters gathered in the St. Louis Galleria Mall to protest the verdict. The Richmond Heights and St. Louis County Police departments responded to the demonstrations.
Police gave protesters three warnings to disperse before arrests were made, according to a SLCPD media release. Protesters like O’ Brien took to social media saying they did not hear the three dispersal warnings. The departments reported a total of 22 arrests.