Air Force Base warns airmen to stay away from possible attack hotspot


An Air Force base in St. Louis, MO has issued a warning to service members to stay away from the Gateway Arch tomorrow because of protests associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.

An organized protest, named the “Day of Rage” is planned to take place in cities all across the United States on Friday, July 15, 2016.

Scott Air Force Base -located thirty minutes east of the Gateway arch -posted this message to Facebook:

“Recent, highly publicized police shootings have resulted in numerous protests across the United States. There is a possible “Day of Rage” Protest scheduled for Friday, July 15 at 6 p.m. at the St. Louis Arch. Recommend all SAFB personnel to avoid the Arch during this time due to potential protests and criminal activity. Please be safe and avoid this area during that time.”

The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri, framing the courthouse where the Dred Scott case decision was read. (Bev Sykes from Davis, CA, USA - Flickr)
The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri, framing the courthouse where the Dred Scott case decision was read. (Bev Sykes from Davis, CA, USA – Flickr)

The protests have been planned to protest what the Black Lives Matter movement has deemed police brutality around the country, but most specifically the officer involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

The protest at the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis is scheduled for 6:00 PM.  It has been almost two years since a similar event was scheduled in St. Louis after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer, which eventually led to riots within the city.

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