Po­lice, pro­test­ers clash in St. Louis af­ter ex-cop ac­quit­ted of mur­der­ing black man

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Bri­tish po­lice made their first ar­rest Satur­day over the bomb­ing of a Lon­don un­der­ground train, de­tain­ing a man at the coun­try’s main ferry port and de­scrib­ing the de­vel­op­ment as sig­nif­i­cant.

Thirty peo­ple were treated in hos­pi­tal af­ter the bomb det­o­nated in a packed train car­riage on Fri­day morn­ing, in what was Bri­tain’s fifth ter­ror at­tack in six months, AFP re­ported.

The im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice failed to det­o­nate fully, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, but the blast in­flicted flash burns on pas­sen­gers while oth­ers fled in panic.

Po­lice in the south­ern port area of Dover said an 18-year-old man had been de­tained and he is due to be trans­ferred to cus­tody in Lon­don.

“This ar­rest will lead to more ac­tiv­ity from our of­fi­cers,” they said in a state­ment, out­lin­ing that the teenager was be­ing held un­der anti-ter­ror leg­is­la­tion.

Fri­day’s in­ci­dent – claimed by the Daesh ter­ror group – led to the na­tional threat level be­ing raised to crit­i­cal – mean­ing an­other at­tack could be im­mi­nent.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May an­nounced late Fri­day that troops – 1,000 were de­ployed – would take on re­spon­si­bil­ity for guard­ing key sites, in­clud­ing nu­clear fa­cil­i­ties, to free up po­lice.

In a state­ment, anti-ter­ror­ism chief Mark Row­ley said of­fi­cers were “chas­ing down sus­pects.”

“Some­body has planted this im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice on the Tube. We have to be open­minded at this stage about him and po­ten­tial as­so­ciates,” he said.

The crit­i­cal alert ter­ror warn­ing was last used af­ter the deadly sui­cide at­tack at Manch­ester Arena, also claimed by Daesh, in May.

Bri­tish me­dia re­ported that the bomb had a timer that it had failed to prop­erly det­o­nate.

Po­lice said that they would not re­lease any more de­tails on the man ar­rested at this stage be­cause of “strong in­ves­tiga­tive rea­sons.”

Po­lice of­fi­cers are be­ing de­ployed on the trans­port net­work and on the street across Bri­tain.

Vic­tims were treated in hos­pi­tal al­though health au­thor­i­ties said none were in a se­ri­ous life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion.

Only three re­mained in care on Satur­day morn­ing.

The area around Par­sons Green sta­tion – a quiet and wealthy res­i­den­tial district, filled with chic cafes – was evac­u­ated for most of the day.

Four pre­vi­ous at­tacks in Lon­don and Manch­ester this year claimed the lives of 35 peo­ple.

Three of those at­tacks in­volved a ve­hi­cle plough­ing into pedes­tri­ans. US po­lice fired tear gas and rub­ber bul­lets dur­ing clashes with pro­test­ers in St. Louis early on Satur­day af­ter a white for­mer po­lice­man was ac­quit­ted of mur­der­ing a black man.

A peace­ful rally over Fri­day’s not guilty ver­dict turned vi­o­lent af­ter po­lice con­fronted a small group of demon­stra­tors – three years af­ter the shoot­ing of an­other black man in the nearby sub­urb of Ferguson stirred na­tion­wide anger and de­bate, Reuters wrote.

Of­fi­cers fired tear gas as peo­ple broke win­dows at a li­brary and two restau­rants and threw bricks and wa­ter bot­tles at of­fi­cers. Pro­test­ers also threw rocks and paint at the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krew­son, said Act­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Lawrence O’toole.

Nine city of­fi­cers and a state trooper were in­jured and at least 23 peo­ple were taken into cus­tody, he said.

For­mer city po­lice­man Ja­son Stock­ley, 36, was found not guilty of the first-de­gree mur­der of An­thony La­mar Smith, 24, shot to death on Dec. 20, 2011.

Af­ter the rul­ing, around 600 pro­test­ers marched from the court­house through down­town St. Louis, chant­ing “No jus­tice, no peace” and “Hey hey! Ho ho! These killer cops have got to go!” Some held “Black Lives Mat­ter” signs.

Smith was shot five times in his car af­ter try­ing to flee Stock­ley and his part­ner, fol­low­ing an al­leged drug deal, au­thor­i­ties said.

Pros­e­cu­tors said that dur­ing the pur­suit, Stock­ley could be heard say­ing on an in­ter­nal po­lice car video he was go­ing to kill Smith.

At Stock­ley’s di­rec­tion, his part­ner, who was driv­ing, slammed the po­lice cruiser into Smith’s ve­hi­cle and they came to a stop. Stock­ley then ap­proached Smith’s car and opened fire with his ser­vice weapon, court doc­u­ments said. The for­mer po­lice­man be­lieved Smith was armed, de­fense at­tor­neys said, and a gun was found in the car. But pros­e­cu­tors ar­gued Stock­ley planted the weapon and that the gun had only Stock­ley’s DNA on it. North Korea said Satur­day it was seek­ing mil­i­tary “equilib­rium” with the United States as leader Kim Jong-un vowed to com­plete Py­ongyang’s nu­clear pro­gram.

North Korea suc­cess­fully fired a Hwa­song-12 in­ter­me­di­at­erange bal­lis­tic mis­sile over Ja­pan on Fri­day, responding to a new round of UN sanc­tions over its sixth nu­clear test with its fur­thestever mis­sile flight, AFP re­ported.

“Our fi­nal goal is to es­tab­lish the equilib­rium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about mil­i­tary op­tion for the DPRK,” Kim said, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial Korean Cen­tral News Agency.

Kim said the coun­try was close to the goal of com­plet­ing its nu­clear am­bi­tions and should use all power at its dis­posal to fin­ish the task, say­ing it had “nearly reached the ter­mi­nal,” KCNA re­ported.

The young leader said Fri­day’s launch had in­creased the North’s “com­bat power of the nu­clear force.”

“We should clearly show the big power chau­vin­ists how our state at­tains the goal of com­plet­ing its nu­clear force de­spite their lim­it­less sanc­tions and block­ade,” Kim said, ac­cord­ing to KCNA.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil con­demned Fri­day’s launch as “highly provoca­tive” and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sched­uled talks with the lead­ers of Ja­pan and South Korea to ad­dress the cri­sis.

The North’s pre­vi­ous mis­sile launch, a Hwa­song-12 IRBM just over two weeks ago, also over­flew Ja­pan’s main is­lands and was the first to do so for years. Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and his French coun­ter­part Em­manuel Macron jointly ap­pealed for talks with North Korea, say­ing this was the only way to re­solve tensions over its nu­clear pro­gram.

Rus­sia and China, North Korea’s main ally, on Mon­day backed a Us-drafted res­o­lu­tion at the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to im­pose fresh sanc­tions on Py­ongyang – but they main­tain that di­a­logue is the key to defuse the cri­sis.

AFP

REUTERS

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