Demonstrators Mark 3-Year Anniversary of Vonderritt Myers, Jr. Death

MCNS Staff

Vonderrit Myers Jr.

Vonderrit Myers Jr.

Hundreds of demonstrators marched in the Shaw neighborhood Sunday night to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the police shooting death of Vonderritt Myers, Jr.

Protesters carried signs saying “Black Lives Matter” and “Police Lies Murder” during the march through the south St. Louis neighborhood.

Having gathered around 6pm at the intersection of Shaw Boulevard and Klemm St., demonstrators proceeded south on Klemm, turned east on Flora toward Grand and circled back around to the origin location. The family of the fallen 18-year old, including his father, Vonderritt Myers, Sr., and mother, Syreeta Myers participated, among the hundreds of marchers carrying candles and releasing balloons. March leaders announced that the organized action ended at about 8:45pm.

The Myers demonstration is one of many marches happening throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area that have reemerged after the not-guilty verdict of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley. Often several times per day, the “No Justice, No Profits” protests have caused some temporary business closures and resulted in millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Vonderritt Myers, Jr. was shot and killed by former St. Louis police officer Jason Flanery on Oct. 8, 2014, while the officer worked a secondary job for a private security company. Flanery’s statement to investigators that Myers shot at him was, at the time, controversial. The fatal police shooting of Vonderritt Myers, Jr. led to months of protests that coincided with demonstrations against racism and the police shooting death of Michael Brown, Jr. Investigators later stated that evidence supported Flanery’s claims.

Flanery abruptly resigned from the police department in January 2016 after he was charged with a DWI in a different incident in which he was driving his police car and struck a parked car.

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