George Soros-Funded Prosecutor Releases All St. Louis Rioters from Jail

Kim Gardner, St. Louis prosecutor, Youtube
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner failed to charge any of the rioters with a crime within 24 hours of their arrests, leaving jail officials with no choice but to release them. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt was aghast that all 36 arrestees were released, despite the high level of violence that included four police officers being shot, the murder of retired police captain David Dorn, people assaulting police with rocks and bottles, and rioters blocking the fire department. He promised his office would do everything in its power to prosecute those who have been arrested for committing violent attacks. He is worried that setting violent criminals free will embolden them.

George Soros has funded many district attorneys and prosecutors across the US, with the ultimate goal of abolishing prisons. District attorneys make the decision in filing charges or dismissing cases.

All 36 of the rioters arrested over two nights of arson, looting and destruction throughout the city have already been released from jail because prosecutors have not charged any of them.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner failed to charge any of the rioters with a crime within 24 hours of their arrests, leaving jail officials with no choice but to release them, KSDK reported.

“To see that kind of level of violence and rioting that went on, police officers being shot and shot at, a retired police captain being murdered, people throwing rocks and gasoline and frozen water bottles at police officers, firefighters being assaulted and blocked from doing their job, businesses that have served the community for years being burned to the ground,” Schmitt railed on Wednesday, “it’s unfathomable that every single person arrested that night has been released.”

Twenty-five of the 36 people arrested were taken into custody during the same timeframe when four St. Louis Metro police officers were shot, KSDK reported.

Those offenders were facing a variety of felony and misdemeanor offenses, including assault, property damage, burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, trespassing, stealing, and interfering with arrest.

The state attorney general called Gardner’s lack of prosecution “stunning,” and noted that releasing violent offenders back into the community will likely embolden them, KSDK reported.

“There have to be consequences to that and we’re just not seeing that from the local prosecutor,” Schmitt argued.

“The Circuit Attorney’s Office is the only entity that can hold arrestees for longer than 24 hours – they did not do so in these instances, and those arrestees were released,” his spokesperson, Chris Nuelle, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Schmitt told KSDK that he and his office will do everything in their power to prosecute those who have been arrested for committing violent attacks throughout the city.

Just one day before Schmitt’s public admonishment, Garner vowed in a press conference that she would “use the full power of the law” to prosecute violent rioters, KSDK reported.

“I will continue to uphold the rights to peacefully protest, but I want to be clear, I will use the full power of the law and my [office] to prosecute and hold accountable anyone who murders police officers, shoots at police offices or harms anyone in my community,” she said at the time.

But Schmitt said that Gardner’s inaction has spoken much louder than her words.

“People who were throwing rocks at cops were released, people who knocked out the windows to a deputy sheriff’s van were released. It’s an unbelievable situation,” he told KSDK. “And this is on top of the releases from the jail for COVID-19. This stuff adds up.”

Gardner’s spokeswoman, Allison Hawk, said that prosecutors refused to file charges in the “few” cases police sought charges on because Gardner’s office wanted police to conduct better investigations, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

“In an effort to hold the offenders accountable, we need essential evidence from the police,” Hawk said. “These matters remain under investigation.”

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7 months ago

OK, I need to think about this a little more because I just can’t get my head around the idea that ANYONE would think releasing violent criminals from jail is a good thing!? I just don’t get this at all. Would someone explain what the point is in this, what are they trying to do by letting criminals out into the communities to prey on innocent people? Do they really want the chaos that will ensue? They must do, what other reason is there? It’s not for public health and safety, it’s not to boost the economy in any way,… Read more »