St. Louis Police Chief Breaks Down Over Violence of Riots: 'Can We Make Some Sense Out of This?'


Those left in the wake of the violence perpetrated by rioters who claim to be protesting the death of George Floyd are left visibly shaken by their experiences.

And St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief John Hayden is among those heartbroken by tragedies suffered as a result of the riots.

Early Tuesday morning, not long after four of his officers were shot amid the violence engulfing the city, Hayden tried to make sense of it all.

“Some coward fired shots at officers and now we have four in the hospital but thankfully, and thank God, they’re alive,” he told local media.

US Missionaries Slaughtered in Haiti, Ambushed by 3 Truck Loads of Gang Members - Biden Silent So Far

Hayden began to cry as he tried to continue.

“Can we make some sense out of this? Can we make some sense out of this? That’s all I’m trying to say,” he said.

According to KSDK, two of the officers were shot in the leg, one was shot in the foot and the fourth was shot in the arm. Each of them has been released from the hospital.

Rioters also threw bottles, rocks and fireworks, some of which exploded on officers, at law enforcement personnel.

Have the riots gone too far?

Hayden went on to describe how disturbed he was that many of these rioters were gleefully “jumping up and down,” “high-fiving each other” and “flourishing pistols.”

“You all might have some questions, but I don’t know what else to say. This is horrible,” he said.

One reporter did have a question, and it illustrated that things were even worse than the police chief was describing.

Radical Left-Wing Mob Overwhelms Local Police, Storm Tesla Factory Grounds

“Chief, the firefighters were taking gunfire and rocks were being thrown at them, they couldn’t get to scenes of fires. Talk about that a little bit,” the reporter said.

Hayden responded by voicing his confusion over the rioters’ intentions, given that the unrest started as a movement claiming to fight against injustice and racism.

“Well, the same individuals went in there and stole, looted, the 7-Eleven and then set it on fire,” he said. “So again, what I don’t understand is all the destruction and theft, because what does stealing have to do with any of this. So folks came down there just to steal, just to destroy property and just to hurt officers. That was the purpose of their coming.”

Despite the great amounts of violence and damage that St. Louis looters and rioters have been responsible for, Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has released every one who police have apprehended, according to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

Nationwide, various politicians and celebrities have also helped facilitate the release of those arrested amid the unrest.

At least 13 members of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign have made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a group that is using the funds to bail out those who have been jailed during the Minneapolis riots.

Various celebrities have donated as well:

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson made it clear on Wednesday that suspects apprehended on suspicion of committing crimes should not simply be immediately released.

“It’s important to not send them right back out on the street and I know some of that has been happening,” Krewson said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “So that is not something that is in control of the mayor’s office, or frankly, the police department who work extremely hard to make these arrests and deserve for people to be held so they’re not right back out there doing the same thing.”

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , , , , ,
Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Ames, Iowa
Iowa State University
Topics of Expertise
Culture, Faith, Politics, Education, Entertainment