St. Louis protests turn violent again
Protests turned violent for the second night on 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, who moved in with armored vehicles and in riot gear.
The confrontation took place in the Delmar Loop of the St. Louis suburb of University City. 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. Hundreds of police in riot gear eventually moved in and ordered them to disperse, saying the protest was unlawful. The demonstrators retreated down a street, breaking windows and throwing objects at police.
Some protesters were seen in handcuffs but the number of arrests was not immediately known.
The sudden eruption followed a day of non-violent demonstrations at suburban shopping malls and during the march in University City.