Since that not guilty verdict, the police reaction to demonstrations in and around St. Louis has made clear that broader policing reform hasn’t really happened in the region in the years since Brown’s death. If anything, the region’s police officers seem emboldened. The acting police chief in St. Louis proclaimed that officers “owned” the night after cops chanted “Whose streets? Our streets!” as they executed mass arrests that swept up peaceful demonstrators, journalists, an Air Force officer who lived in the neighborhood, and even a black undercover cop whose arrest left him bleeding from the mouth. A police union solicited the harassment of a local businessman who was critical of police tactics. In St. Louis County, officers roughly arrested nearly two dozen activists at a suburban shopping mall. One arrestee, an ordained minister, was choked by a cop and charged with felony assault of an officer ― a “special victim” under Missouri laws ― after she apparently grabbed an officer who had his hands on the neck of her 13-year-old grandson. More than 140 people were arrested in a single night last week after demonstrators blocked a highway. In all, there have been more than 300 protest-related arrests.