Violent unrest in St. Louis continues after cop's acquittal, nine arrested
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 hou rs of Saturday.
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The mayorâs home was damaged by protesters who threw rocks and paint.
Demonstrators were furious over a judgeâs 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 Smithâs car following a high speed chase.
By noon Saturday, as shopkeepers boarded up their broken windows, several dozen demonstrators were again mar ching through the West County Center mall chanting âBlack lives matter!â and âNo justice, no profits!â
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No injuries or arrests were reported as panicked workers at Macyâs and other retailers closed their doors and security shutters. A second protest was held at the nearby Chesterfield Mall.
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Actor Nick Cannon joined the protests Saturday evening in a black Colin Kaepernick jersey, paying tribute to the football playerâs refusal to stand for the national anthem.
âSt. Louis we out here in the streets with you!,â Cannon said in an Instagram post.
The chaos Friday began when hundreds of protesters turned out in the upscale Central West End section, chanting and carrying âBlack Lives Matterâ signs with anti-police slogans on them.
The protest seemed relatively peaceful until, during a rally outside of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewsonâs home, the house was pelted with rocks and paint. Another rock was thrown through a restaurant window and two American flags were burned.
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Several people were filmed jumping and dancing on the hood of a police patrol car, with one man breaking the windshield.
Cops in riot gear fired tear gas pellets and pepper balls into the crowd after an unlawful assembly was declared at 11 p.m. A woman in a red top and white skirt was bowled over and trampled by riot cops as they confronted protesters, according to video from a KTVI-TV helicopter.
âThe mayorâs home sustained damage,â St. Louis Police Ch ief Lawrence OâToole said in a video posted on Twitter late Friday. âWindows were also broken in the West End and at the St. Louis library. Orders to disperse was given numerous times and tear gas was ordered after officers were assaulted with bricks and bottles.â
Knewson was not home at the time of the vandalism but called it âirritating.â
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Demonstrators broke into a fury after ex-cop Jason Stockley (r.) was acquitted of first degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith (l., seen holding daughter).
âThis story is not about whether I got my windows broken or not,â Krewson said at a news conference Saturday.
âThis is about coming together to have a better St. Louis for all of us.â
Fridayâs unrest filled streets less than 15 miles from suburban Ferguson, Mo., where protests sparking the Black Lives Matter movem ent erupted in 2014 â" following the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer.
Stockley, 36, resigned from the St. Louis Police in 2013 and was charged last year with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He pleaded not guilty and waived his right to a jury trial.
Prosecutors argued that the Smith shooting was premeditated, and that Stockley, who can be heard in a dash cam video saying heâs âgoing to kill this motherf- ----â, planted a gun in Smithâs car, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
In an exclusive interview with the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Stockley said he understands the anger over the shooting but insists he did nothing wrong.
"I did not murder Anthony Lamar Smith. I did not plant a gun," Stockley said. "I can feel for and I understand what the family is going through, and I know everyone wants someone to blame, but I'm just not the guy."
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