Ri­ots break out af­ter cop is cleared of killing black man


PO­LICE fired rub­ber bul­lets at ri­ot­ers yes­ter­day af­ter a white of­fi­cer was ac­quit­ted of mur­der­ing a black sus­pect in St Louis, US.

An an­gry mob smashed win­dows and hurled bricks at of­fi­cers. The mayor’s home was also tar­geted with rocks and paint. Ten po­lice were in­jured and 23 peo­ple ar­rested.

Ten­sions flared on Friday af­ter a judge found ex-of­fi­cer Ja­son Stock­ley, 36, not guilty of the mur­der of An­thony La­mar Smith, 24. A protest march started peace­fully as about 600 peo­ple chanted: “No jus­tice, no peace.” But some stayed on the streets and vi­o­lence erupted overnight. Al­leged drug dealer Smith was shot five times in his car as he tried to flee in 2011. U2 were forced to can­cel their con­cert in St. Louis last night be­cause po­lice could not pro­vide enough of­fi­cers to keep crowds safe.

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