Protests as cop ac­quit­ted:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Hun­dreds of peo­ple protest­ing the ac­quit­tal of a white former St. Louis po­lice of­fi­cer in the fa­tal shoot­ing of black man sev­eral years ago marched for hours in mostly peace­ful demon­stra­tions, un­til a bro­ken win­dow at the mayor’s home and es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions led riot po­lice to lob tear gas to dis­perse the crowds.

For weeks, ac­tivists had been threat­en­ing civil dis­obe­di­ence if Ja­son Stock­ley were not con­victed of mur­der for killing An­thony La­mar Smith, prompt­ing author­i­ties to take pre­cau­tions.

With the large protests that fol­lowed the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in nearby Fer­gu­son still fresh in ev­ery­one’s minds, bar­ri­cades were erected around po­lice head­quar­ters and the court­house, among other sites, in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the ver­dict.

Within hours of St Louis Cir­cuit Judge Ti­mothy Wil­son ac­quit­ting Stock­ley of first-de­gree mur­der, a racially di­verse crowd of pro­test­ers took to the streets —

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