Protesters break window in St. Louis mayor's house

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

The protests follow Friday's acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 killing of Anthony Lamar Smith following a high-speed chase.

According to NPR, hundreds of peaceful protesters gathered at police headquarters and marched through city streets, before taking a more aggressive approach when it was longer daylight.

Police arrest a man as they try to clear a violent crowd Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in University City, Mo.

"After dark, many agitators began to destroy property and assault police officers".

At one point during the night, officers were heard chanting "whose streets, our streets", and an unmarked police cruiser was seen wildly reversing through a large crowd. "All will be returned to duty soon", Police Commissioner Larry O'Toole said late Sunday night. The former officer had been charged with killing Smith after a vehicle chase.

Protests throughout the day Sunday initially were referred to as "peaceful" from law enforcement, as demonstrators marched through St. Louis protesting the recent acquittal of Jason Stockley, a white former St. Louis police officer who fatally shot black drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith.

Protesters took to the streets in outrage at the verdict and stormed the mayor's house and burned flags outside forcing Mayor Lyda Krewson, to flee her home. Prosecutors also alleged that Stockley planted a gun in Smith's auto since it had his DNA on it, not Smith's.

More than 20 arrests were made by early evening, and some protesters were pepper-sprayed during confrontations with authorities.

The former police officer killed Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011 and was charged with murder previous year.

Police arrested 80 people, including a reporter.

Prosecutors said Stockley, who is white, shot Smith five times and meant to kill Smith, who is black, after a high-speed pursuit.

Since then, police shootings and following decisions not to charge the officers in most of the cases involved, have sparked protests across the United States including, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, San Francisco, and many other cities.

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