BLM face masks meant for protesters in St. Louis, Minneapolis, other cities seized by law enforcement

Four boxes each contained 500 masks and were mailed from Oakland, California by a The Movement for Black Lives.

Sam Masterson
June 05, 2020 - 7:33 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Hundreds of cloth face masks being sent to protesters supporting the "Black Lives Matter" movement in St. Louis have been seized by law enforcement and so far, no explanation has been given as to why. 

The Movement for Black Lives, a group that began in 2014 after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., bought the masks to protect demonstrators and was sending them to Minneapolis, New York City, Washington and here in St. Louis. The group claimed in an Instagram post that, "Law enforcement has seized these masks and are not stating why!" 

Related: County Executive requests all protesters who didn't wear masks to self-quarantine
Related: Tear gas could increase spread of coronavirus among protesters, experts say

According to the Huffington Post, the items never left the state and the packages' tracking numbers with the U.S. Postal Service say they were "Seized by Law Enforcement" and ask the mailer to "contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for further information." HuffPost says the U.S. Postal Inspection Service did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Update! Law enforcement has seized these masks and are not stating why! When your called to support you step up or step back. Sending energy and prayers to those on the front lines! Right on community appreciation to all of you interested in supporting please hit up @thepalmtreepapi if your interested in supporting! @mvmnt4blklives

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The four boxes each contained 500 masks that say "stop killing black people" and "defund police" were mailed from Oakland, California, according to the HuffPost. 

Earlier this week, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page urged all protesters who weren't wearing masks to self-quarantine for 14 days to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

There are a few protests planned today across the region, from St. Louis city to Washington, Missouri: 

  • 4 p.m. starting at the St. Louis County Library on South Lindbergh across from Plaza Frontenac. 
  • 4 p.m. at Taubman Outlets in the Chesterfield Valley. 
  • 3 p.m. outside the Washington Police Department in Washington, Mo.
  • 4 p.m. at Ladue City Hall along Clayton Road to Route 141. 
  • 5 p.m. at S. Grand Boulevard and Flora Ct. is a silent protest sponsored by St. Margaret of Scotland. 
  • 6:30 p.m. is a march for black trans people at Manchester and Boyle Avenues.
  • 7:30 p.m. is a march from Mid Rivers Mall to St. Peters City Hall.

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