Protests con­tinue over ac­quit­tal

The Times-Tribune - - Nation & World -

Noisy demon­stra­tors marched through two malls in an up­scale area of subur­ban St. Louis on Satur­day to protest the ac­quit­tal of a white for­mer St. Louis of­fi­cer in the shoot­ing of a black man, pick­ing up af­ter a night of mostly peace­ful demon­stra­tions that es­ca­lated into scat­tered acts of van­dal­ism and vi­o­lence.

A few hun­dred marchers loudly chanted slo­gans such as “black lives mat­ter” and “it is our duty to fight for our free­dom” to de­cry the judge’s ver­dict Fri­day clear­ing ex-St. Louis po­lice of­fi­cer Ja­son Stock­ley of mur­der in the 2011 shoot­ing death of An­thony La­mar Smith.

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