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A former St. Louis police officer has been charged with three felony counts of third-degree assault for allegedly pepper-spraying protesters and a videographer in 2017.
Charges were filed on Tuesday against William Olsten, 33, related to an incident which occurred outside Busch Stadium in September 2017.
Event - Protests - Acquittal - Jason - Stockley
The event involved one of many protests that followed the acquittal of Jason Stockley, a white former police officer who had been accused of murder in the death of a black suspect, Anthony Lamar Smith.
The charging document said Olsten became visibly angry and began using pepper spray without warning, temporarily blinding three people, including videographer Heather De Mian and St. Louis Democratic committee member Rasheen Aldridge.
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Olsten also stands charged with first-degree assault in connection with an unrelated incident in 2018, involving a confrontation outside of a bar while Olsten was off duty.
Olsten's attorney, Brian Millikan, hasn't responded to an email seeking comment regarding the 2017 incident.
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A police spokesperson said Olsten left the department in January but declined further comment.
Two of the alleged victims who were pepper-sprayed during the 2017 altercation are listed as 'special victims,' which could increase the potential penalties Olsten may face, if convicted.
De - Mian - Video - Police - Protests
De Mian, who frequently shoots livestream video at police protests, was in a wheelchair. Aldridge has a prosthetic leg.
Prosecutors reviewed video taken from several cellphones. According to a charging document, tempers flared after an officer used a stun gun on a protester, causing protesters to yell and curse at police.
Document - Protesters
The document said the protesters were peaceful and were not arrested.
De Mian could be heard on her livestream saying someone was...
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