Scenes of Unrest After Ex-Officer's Acquittal in St. Louis

Scenes of Unrest After Ex-Officer's Acquittal in St. Louis

Scenes of Unrest After Ex-Officer's Acquittal in St. Louis

The home of St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson suffered considerable damage, police say, as protesters ignored orders to disperse.

U2 were set to perform at St. Louis' Dome on Saturday night, but they were forced to cancel the performance in light of the violent protests that are occurring around the city.

The demonstrators were protesting a Missouri judge's decision Friday to acquit 36-year-old Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, of first-degree murder.

After the ruling, about 600 protesters marched from the courthouse through downtown St Louis, chanting "No justice, no peace" and "Hey hey!"

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Independent Journal Review will keep you updated as events unfold in St. Louis.

"Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability....we are coming to ask America to be true to the huge promissory note that it signed years ago". The white officer in that case was cleared of wrongdoing.

The protests had heated up Friday night with hundreds taking to the streets, prompting the National Guard to be on standby, and shutting down several businesses, schools and banks early.

"We will not tolerate violence", Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole said. One group of demonstrators tried to enter Interstate 40 but was blocked by police officers in riot gear.

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In other locations, some marchers assaulted police officers with bricks and bottles, according to police reports, and law enforcement responded with tear gas and pepper-spray balls. Although no charges have been filed against the protesters, a police spokesperson said they would be forthcoming.

In his first interview since the acquittal, Stockley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch it felt like a weight had been lifted from his shoulders, saying that though he understood the video of the shooting looks bad, he did nothing wrong.

Saturday afternoon, Gov. Eric Greitens asked people to remain calm.

Mr Smith was shot five times in his vehicle after trying to flee Stockley and his partner, following an alleged drug deal, authorities said. Prosecutors contended that Stockley had planned to kill Smith during a auto chase of Smith and then planted a gun in Smith's vehicle after the fatal encounter.

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