Protests, at first peace­ful, turn vi­o­lent by day’s end

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2 ST. LOUIS >> Protests turned vi­o­lent for the sec­ond night Saturday in re­ac­tion to the ac­quit­tal of a white for­mer St. Louis po­lice of­fi­cer in the fa­tal shoot­ing of a black man, as a small group of demon­stra­tors re­fused to dis­perse, break­ing win­dows and throw­ing ob­jects at po­lice in riot gear, who even­tu­ally moved in and made ar­rests.

The con­fronta­tion took place in the Del­mar Loop of the St. Louis sub­urb of Univer­sity City — known for con­cert venues, restau­rants, shops and bars and in­clud­ing the fa­mous Blue­berry Hill. The area had been the scene of a tense but calm march ear­lier in the evening that ended with or­ga­niz­ers call­ing for peo­ple to leave and re­con­vene this af­ter­noon.

But a small group of pro­test­ers re­fused to go. Po­lice or­dered them to dis­perse, say­ing the protest was un­law­ful. Hun­dreds of po­lice in riot gear even­tu­ally moved in with ar­mored ve­hi­cles. The demon­stra­tors re­treated down a street, break­ing win­dows and throw­ing ob­jects at po­lice. Sev­eral pro­test­ers were seen in hand­cuffs but the num­ber of ar­rests was not im­me­di­ately known. At least one demon­stra­tor was seen be­ing treated af­ter he was hit with pep­per spray.

The sud­den erup­tion fol­lowed a day of non­vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions at sub­ur­ban shop­ping malls and dur­ing the march in Univer­sity City.

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