A Black Lives Matter protester stands in front of St. Louis Police Department officers equipped with riot gear in St. Louis
A Black Lives Matter protester stands in front of St. Louis Police Department officers equipped with riot gear after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley in St. Louis, Mo. on September 15.Lawrence Bryant—Reuters
A Black Lives Matter protester stands in front of St. Louis Police Department officers equipped with riot gear in St. Louis
Protests Erupt Over Not Guilty Verdict In Police Officer's Jason Stockley Trial Over Shooting Death Of Anthony Lamar Smith
Police Shooting St Louis
Protests Erupt Over Not Guilty Verdict In Police Officer's Jason Stockley Trial Over Shooting Death Of Anthony Lamar Smith
Police Shooting St Louis
Police Shooting St Louis
St. Louis Police Department officers stage on the street in riot gear after a not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer in St. Louis
A protester attacks a police vehicle during the second night of demonstrations after a not guilty verdict in the murder trial of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley in St. Louis
Police Shooting St Louis
Protests Erupt Over Not Guilty Verdict In Police Officer's Jason Stockley Trial Over Shooting Death Of Anthony Lamar Smith
A protester is sprayed with mace by riot police after throwing a chair through a window of a business during the second night of demonstrations after a not guilty verdict in the murder trial of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley in St. Louis
St. Louis protesters surround mayor's house; windows broken, paint thrown
Protests Erupt Over Not Guilty Verdict In Police Officer's Jason Stockley Trial Over Shooting Death Of Anthony Lamar Smith
Jason Stockley not guilty
Protests Erupt Over Not Guilty Verdict In Police Officer's Jason Stockley Trial Over Shooting Death Of Anthony Lamar Smith
Protests Erupt Over Not Guilty Verdict In Police Officer's Jason Stockley Trial Over Shooting Death Of Anthony Lamar Smith
A Black Lives Matter protester stands in front of St. Louis Police Department officers equipped with riot gear after the
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Protests Erupted in St. Louis After a Police Officer Was Acquitted in the Death of a Black Man

Sep 18, 2017

Both peaceful and violent protests occurred in the downtown streets of St. Louis over the weekend after an ex-police officer’s acquittal in the death of an African-American man.

A judge ruled Friday that Jason Stockley, 36, was not guilty in the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith. The ruling gave rise to hundreds of people marching in the downtown area throughout the weekend.

Well over 1,000 people gathered outside the downtown headquarters before sunset and peacefully protested before nightfall. The protest took a turn by dark, and violence erupted as protestors damaged business and hotel windows, threw rocks in the mayor’s home, broke flowerpots to use as projectiles, and threw objects at police. Police were called to address the riots and by nightfall more officers arrived in riot gear. Police responded with mace and arrests.

More than 80 arrests were made in the weekend turmoil while an officer suffered a leg injury.

The St. Louis area was filled with tension. Rock band U2 and singer Ed Sheeran canceled concerts scheduled for downtown St. Louis for security concerns. Many school districts also canceled weekend activities.

Another peaceful protest is expected today.

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