Protests in St. Louis Continue Following Acquittal of White Police Officer



Protests in St. Louis continued Sunday following the acquittal of a former white police officer in the shooting of a black man, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

About 1,000 people demonstrated outside the St. Louis Police Department and marched into midtown, banging drums, held up “Black Lives Matter” signs and chanted “no justice, no peace” and “stop killing us.”

It was the third straight day of protests after former St. Louis police Officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley shot Smith after the suspected drug dealer fled from officers trying to arrest him.

Protests over the acquittal turned violent on Friday and Saturday, but there were no reports of arrests Sunday. Two windows in the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson were broken by protestors Saturday, and at least nine police officers were reportedly injured, Acting Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said in a video early Sunday morning.

Smith’s death is just one of several high-profile U.S. cases in recent years in which a white officer killed a black suspect, including the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson that sparked months of angry and sometimes violent protests.


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