St. Louis protests against cop's ac­quit­tal to con­tinue

The Freeman - - WORLD -

ST. LOUIS — Hun­dreds of peo­ple protest­ing the ac­quit­tal of a white for­mer St. Louis po­lice of­fi­cer in the fa­tal shoot­ing of black man fol­low­ing a high-speed chase marched for hours in mostly peace­ful demon­stra­tions, un­til a bro­ken win­dow at the mayor's home and es­ca­lat­ing tensions led ri­ot­gear-clad of­fi­cers to lob tear gas to dis­perse the crowds.

Ac­tivists had for weeks threat­ened civil dis­obe­di­ence if Ja­son Stock­ley were not con­victed in the death of An­thony La­mar Smith, stir­ring fears of civil un­rest and the erect­ing of bar­ri­cades around po­lice head­quar­ters, the court­house where the trial was held and other po­ten­tial protest sites.

Ara­cial­ly­di­ver­secrowd of pro­test­ers-some car­ry­ing weapons, as al­lowed by state law, and oth­ers tot­ing chil­dren and wav­ing posters-took to the streets within hours of Fri­day's de­ci­sion.

More than 20 ar­rests were made by early evening, and some pro­test­ers were pep­per­sprayed dur­ing con­fronta­tions with au­thor­i­ties. St. Louis po­lice re­ported that 10 of­fi­cers had suf­fered in­juries by the end of the night, in­clud­ing a bro­ken jaw and dis­lo­cated shoul­der, and some jour­nal­ists re­ported be­ing the tar­get of threats from demon­stra­tors.

Ac­tivists said they would meet again Satur­day to plan fur­ther demon­stra­tions.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pro­test­ers gather in St. Louis, af­ter a judge found a white for­mer St. Louis po­lice of­fi­cer, Ja­son Stock­ley, not guilty of first-de­gree mur­der in the death of a black man, An­thony La­mar Smith, who was fa­tally shot fol­low­ing a high-speed chase in 2011.

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