Violent unrest in St. Louis continues after cop’s acquittal, nine arrested – New York Daily News
Chanting demonstrators marched through the upscale St. Louis suburbs Saturday night in a fresh wave of protests over the acquittal of a white cop in the fatal shooting of a black man.
A small group of protesters smashed windows and chucked debris at police officers after calmer rallies that marched through the streets of Des Peres and University City during daylight hours ended.
St. Louis County police said early Sunday that their officers arrested seven people in the latest round of unrest, including two children, on charges of resisting, destruction of property and assault. St. Louis Metropolitan cops arrested two more for failing to disperse.
Ten St. Louis police officers suffered injuries including a broken jaw and dislocated shoulder during demonstrations in downtown St. Louis that began Friday and stretched into the early hours of Saturday.
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The mayor’s home was damaged by protesters who threw rocks and paint.
Demonstrators were furious over a judge’s decision to acquit former Police Officer Jason Stockley of murder in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. The officer was also accused of planting a gun in Smith’s car following a high speed chase.
By noon Saturday, as shopkeepers boarded up their broken windows, several dozen demonstrators were again marching through the West County Center mall chanting “Black lives matter!” and “No justice, no profits!”
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No injuries or arrests were reported as panicked workers at Macy’s and other retailers closed their doors and security shutters. A second protest was held at the nearby Chesterfield Mall.
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