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Protests resume after 80 arrests in St. Louis unrest

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published September 18, 2017 at 10:44 a.m. Updated September 18, 2017 at 12:55 p.m.

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Protesters march in silence down Market Street in St. Louis on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in response to a not guilty verdict in the trial of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley.


ST. LOUIS — A racially mixed crowd of demonstrators locked arms and marched quietly through downtown St. Louis on Monday morning to protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect after another night of unrest and more than 80 arrests.

The latest action follows three days of peaceful protests and three nights of vandalism and unrest in the city that has been rocked since Friday, when a judge announced he found Jason Stockley not guilty in the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

Hundreds of riot police mobilized downtown late Sunday, arresting more than 80 people and seizing weapons amid reports of property damage and vandalism. The arrests came after demonstrators ignored orders to disperse, police said.

"I'm proud to tell you the city of St. Louis is safe, and the police owned tonight," Interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole said at a news conference early Monday.

Protesters marched through St. Louis' posh Central West End and the trendy Delmar Loop area of nearby University City on Friday and Saturday. Protesters also marched through two shopping malls in a wealthy area of St. Louis County.

On Sunday, more than 1,000 people had gathered at police headquarters and then marched without trouble through downtown St. Louis. By nightfall, most had gone home.

But the 100 or so people who remained grew increasingly agitated as they marched back toward downtown. Along the way, they knocked over planters, broke windows at a few shops and hotels, and scattered plastic chairs at an outdoor venue.

According to police, the demonstrators then sprayed bottles with an unknown substance on officers. One officer suffered a leg injury and was taken to a hospital. His condition wasn't known.

Soon afterward, buses brought in additional officers in riot gear, and police scoured downtown deep into the night, making arrests and seizing at least five weapons, according to O'Toole. Later, officers in riot gear gathered alongside a city boulevard chanting "whose street, our street" — a common refrain used by the protesters — after clearing the street of demonstrators and onlookers.

"We're in control. This is our city, and we're going to protect it," O'Toole said.

Mayor Lyda Krewson said at the same Monday news conference that "the days have been calm and the nights have been destructive" and that "destruction cannot be tolerated."

Early Monday, more than 150 protesters marched arm-in-arm, some carrying signs, to city hall. Police turned traffic away as the marchers blocked a busy St. Louis street during the rush hour crush. Once at city hall, they found their voices, chanting: "I know that we will win." The protesters then marched four blocks to a city court building, where they chanted again, then dispersed. The next protest is scheduled for Monday evening in University City.

Also Monday, high school students in at least two suburban districts protested the Stockley ruling. In Kirkwood, about 100 students walked out and held a brief rally, while 250 students in Webster Groves staged what school officials described as a peaceful demonstration.

The recent St. Louis protests follow a pattern seen since the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson: The majority of demonstrators, though angry, are law-abiding. But as the night wears on, a subsection emerges, a different crowd more willing to confront police, sometimes to the point of clashes.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Packman says... September 18, 2017 at 11:12 a.m.

Isn't there a confederate statue somewhere we can remove to stop all these protests?

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hah406 says... September 18, 2017 at 11:13 a.m.

You know, I saw a protestor this morning saying this absolutely has to stop. I agree. There are too many young black men on the streets committing crimes, fleeing from police, resisting arrest, possessing unauthorized weapons, dealing drugs, etc. Cardinal rule, if you don't want to get shot by the police, do not run, do not resist, and do exactly what you are told to do.

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Tigermule says... September 18, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

St. Louis isn't as safe a place to visit as in the past. Just cancelled plans to go there.

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LRDawg says... September 18, 2017 at 11:51 a.m.

Im going to St. Louis Wednesday.....can't wait! Great City!

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gohogs17 says... September 18, 2017 at 2:04 p.m.

When will these so-called "protests" end? All they are is the chance to riot, loot, and cause violence, why don't they just shut all of them down?

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PopulistMom says... September 18, 2017 at 2:45 p.m.

GoHogs,

There is this pesky little thing called the First Amendment.

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PopulistMom says... September 18, 2017 at 2:52 p.m.

I do wish people would protest more for better schools and less for drug dealers who get shot after a high speed chase and while in possession of a loaded gun. This really is the fault of the prosecuters who never should have brought this case to trial, but bowed to political pressure.

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Packman says... September 18, 2017 at 3:49 p.m.

Hey Pop - Did I miss the part where the 1st Amendment protects looters, thieves, and criminal mischief?
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The "protestors" are also perpetuating the "hands up - don't shoot" bullsh*t narrative. Michael Brown did not have his hands up and was not surrendering when shot. He was attacking a police officer and the shooting, like this one, was fully justified.
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Hey LRDawg - So, have they yet determined which confederate statue they need to remove?

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0boxerssuddenlinknet says... September 18, 2017 at 4:36 p.m.

reminds me of "monkey see, monkey do"

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PopulistMom says... September 18, 2017 at 4:49 p.m.

Oboxer,

Let me guess. You voted for Trump and think that white supremacists are fine people.

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