US protests af­ter po­lice ac­quit­tal

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - EXCLUSIVE -

AC­TIVISTS have vowed to hold more protests af­ter the ac­quit­tal of a white for­mer St Louis po­lice of­fi­cer over the fa­tal shoot­ing of a black man.

Hun­dreds marched for hours on Friday in mostly peace­ful demon­stra­tions un­til a bro­ken win­dow at the mayor’s home and es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions led riot of­fi­cers to fire tear gas to dis­perse the crowds.

Ac­tivists had for weeks threat­ened civil dis­obe­di­ence if Ja­son Stock­ley was not con­victed over the 2011 death of 24-year-old An­thony La­mar Smith.

More than 20 ar­rests were made by early Friday evening. Po­lice re­ported that 10 of­fi­cers had suf­fered in­juries by the end of the night.

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