ST. LOUIS • St. Louis police say protesters hurled bottles that contained a mixture of apple cider vinegar and milk of magnesia at officers during recent protests.
A close-up image of one of the bottles showed it was labeled “apple cider.” Many protesters believed it was apple cider vinegar, said to lessen the effects of tear gas used by police.
Activists ridiculed police, claiming the description of “unknown chemicals” over-emphasized the threat.
The county police tweeted: “If they’re using it against officers, it becomes a weapon.”
In a story in Sunday’s Post-Dispatch, St. Louis County police social media coordinator Vera Culley said the liquid inside the bottles was still being tested by county police.
“It was not apple cider,” Culley said.
That says apple cider… pic.twitter.com/XhVvuX02ev
— Graceanne Parks (@GraceanneParks) September 18, 2017
Culley said Thursday she believed the county had sent the substance to the Highway Patrol for testing. “When it hit officers,” she said, “it was stinging.”
Missouri Highway Patrol Cpl. Juston Wheetley said he did not believe the patrol was testing anything, and that the city police were handling all testing.