Dear Downtown Stakeholders,
Many of you have reached out about “Nationwide Day of Rage” activities that have been posted online. I have spoken with both Chief Dotson and Captain Kriesmann about potential activities in St. Louis, and most importantly, they want you to know there is no credible threat for Downtown St. Louis related to a “Day of Rage.” Following is more detail:
- This is not the first time a “Day of Rage” has been scheduled in Downtown and it has not gotten much support in the past. Last year, there were three people that showed up at the scheduled time.
- Although St. Louis demonstrators have not participated in previous “Day of Rage” events, this one has received more attention on local news sites because of concerning and unwarranted social media alerts, including one by Scott Air Force Base and some out-of-state security companies. These posts warned of “protest and criminal activity” and suggested staying out of Downtown St. Louis.
- There were no credible threats behind these alerts when first posted, nor are there any at this time. Scott Air Force Base took their post down after fact-checking with SLMPD.
- SLMPD has been monitoring this event since the day it was first posted on social media and will continue to monitor the situation.
- If there is a gathering related to “Day of Rage,” it is noted to take place at 6PM “under the Gateway Arch.” With CityArchRiver construction, it’s unclear exactly where that would be. In the past, some groups have gathered in Luther Ely Smith Park, just west of the Arch grounds.
- In the event that a gathering takes place, SLMPD is prepared to staff the event as they have other protests in Downtown. Keep in mind that all of the protests that have taken place in Downtown have been peaceful and controlled. Protesters are supported in expressing their First Amendment rights and the Downtown community has been relatively unaffected and certainly kept safe.
In short, there is the chance for a gathering at 6PM near the Arch grounds. There is no reason to believe that such a gathering would be any more threatening than others that have taken place in Downtown. There is a Cardinals game tonight, so there is the potential for traffic to be affected, but at this time, it seems that there is a good chance that no gathering will take place at all.
If I receive additional information from SLMPD, I will share it with you immediately. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
President & CEO
Downtown STL, Inc