The widow of a slain St. Louis police posted an emotional video on Facebook talking about the ongoing riots in the city over the acquittal of a white policeman for shooting a black man, Conservative Tribune reports.
Elizabeth Snyder, whose husband Blake died in the line of duty last year, said, “Let’s just look at our history books, let’s go back to Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks and the ones that did it right.”
She added that the leaders of the civil rights movement she mentioned were peaceful and did not tear police cars around.
“They weren’t destroying businesses, destroying people’s livelihoods. That’s when people wanted to listen to them, when they were peaceful,” Snyder said.
She also noted that the protests were initially peaceful immediately following a local court’s verdict of “not guilty” to former St. Louis cop Jason Stockley, who shot to death Anthony Lamar Smith after a vehicular chase in 2011.
But things started becoming violent once nighttime arrived. A mob of about 1,000 people targeted the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and caused damage to her house. Riot police needed to throw tear gas in order to disperse the crowd.