(National Sentinel)Â Law & Order: Missouri’s former Navy SEAL governor, Eric Greitens, has a warning for protesters upset over a recent judge’s verdict in a case involving a former St. Louis police officer in the shooting death of a black man: Violence will get you jail time.
“We had leaders who wanted to give people a safe space to loot and to burn,” Greitens told Fox News. “Now in Missouri, if you loot the only safe space you’re going to have is in a jail cell.”
Greitens said anyone peacefully demonstrating will of course be allowed to do so as such speech is protected by the First Amendment. But if protestors turn violent or attack police, that won’t be tolerated.
“If you’re going to riot, we’re going to cuff you,” he said. “Violence and vandalism is not protest. It is a crime.”
Former officer Jason Stockley was acquitted Friday of first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges for the 2011 killing after a high-speed chase of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.
Protests over the verdict grew increasingly violent over the weekend.