Merry Christmas From St. Louis: Riot Police Guard Midnight Mass

Alissa Kokkins
December 25, 2014

(TheAntiMedia) As people gathered to celebrate the birth of Jesus and mourn the recent death of Antonio Martin at the Cathedral Basilica, a startling sight joined them in welcoming Christmas.

A platoon of riot police lined the exterior, walkways, and entrances to the St. Louis church armed with weapons and shields labeled “POLICE”.  

Allegedly, riot police were called due to “chatter” on social media about the mourners intentions at the mostly white Catholic church.

 


However, those gathering outside say they were hosting a candlelight vigil to honor the life of Antonio Martin.  

18-year-old, black youth, Antonio Martin, was shot and killed by a white police officer at a gas station just two miles from Ferguson in Berkeley, Missouri on December 23, 2014. While the details surrounding Martin’s death are still murky, witnesses at the scene watched as Antonio Martin lie dying on the pavement for a half hour, without medical attention, before succumbing to his bullet wound. Eerily reminiscent of Michael Brown’s death, Martin’s lifeless body was left in the street for two hours before being taken away by police in an SUV.

 

According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Leah Thorsen, Antonio Martin’s mourners were hardly a threat.  

Despite the passive crowd, witnesses initially counted 40+ riot police standing guard at the church…

…but folks gathered found more cops lurking.



 

Cathedral Basilica was hosting a celebration of the life of Jesus Christ; a freedom fighter who fought against oppression, slavery, and sought to set people free from bondage.

If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31b-32 NKJV)

Merry Crisis and a Happy New Fear.

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