Louis protests get insane after ex-cop found not guilty of murder

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

"People have the right, after this verdict, if they're hurt, or in pain, they have the right to protest".

In what appeared to be an act of defiance against President Trump and to the dismay of many in law enforcement, California lawmakers took a significant step toward making the state a "sanctuary state". "Our mission remains the same. Right now, I'm praying for my city because my people are exhausted of this". At the same time we are going to protect lives, we're going to protect homes and we are going to protect our communities.

Earlier in the day, demonstrators staged protests at several suburban shopping malls and another group marched through a popular district of bars and restaurants, The Associated Press reported.

Preparations for possible protests are set in St. Louis, where a judge may rule Friday in the murder trial of a white former police officer who fatally shot a black suspect. "This mob was intent on destroying or damaging property, assaulting police officers and setting fires", he said.

In recent years grand juries have declined to charge officers involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, which set of nights of violent protest in Ferguson, near St Louis, and the choking death of Eric Garner, 43, in NY.

Twenty-three people were arrested as of 6 p.m. Friday. Some National Guardsmen have been deployed to protect critical infrastructure like firehouses. Those causing destruction distract from the mission of peaceful protesters.

"People who are peaceful, [police] are there to protect them and support them".

Immediately following the verdict, some protesters shouted, "If we can't get no justice y'all can't get no peace" and burned a St. Louis Cardinals sweatshirt, according to a reporter for CBS St. Louis affiliate KMOV-TV. New evidence reopened the case in May 2016 despite a $900,000 settlement the police department paid the Smith family in 2013, one of the largest police department settlements in city history.

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