Monday morning protest in downtown St. Louis begins with silent march

Monday morning protest in downtown St. Louis begins with silent march

- Multiple businesses along Delmar Boulevard were damaged by protesters after a tense standoff with police Saturday night.

In December 2011, then St. Louis officer Jason Stockley shot and killed motorist Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, after a police chase over a suspected drug deal.

According to a court document reported by the Washington Post, the district attorney charged that Stockley was heard threatening to kill Smith during the vehicle chase, and, once he drove into Smith's auto, got out and shot five times into the auto, killing him.

Stockley was accused of planting a gun in Smith's auto but claimed in his testimony that he did this in self-defense.

Police used tear gas on demonstrators on Friday evening after protesters broke the window and splattered paint on Mayor Mayor Lyda Krewson's home.

The St. Louis Police Department later announced that the woman "failed to obey officers' orders" and was charged with "interfering".

"This court, as a trier of fact, is simply not firmly convinced of defendant's guilt", Judge Wilson wrote in his ruling.

Earlier Monday, police confirmed that 123 people were arrested Sunday night, including journalists, live-streamers and innocent downtown residents.

Monday morning protest in downtown St. Louis begins with silent march
Monday morning protest in downtown St. Louis begins with silent march

Protesters also marched through two shopping malls in a wealthy area of St Louis County. Our Code of Ethics states, 'I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions.' That chant goes against the very code of ethics we swore to abide by.

Hundreds of riot police were mobilised on Sunday, arresting more than 120 people and seizing weapons amid reports of property damage and vandalism.

Protests over the not guilty verdict for ex-officer Jason Stockley began peacefully on Friday but reportedly escalated on Saturday as some demonstrators began throwing rocks at police and damaging property. He said his group was considering whether litigation would be necessary "to bring police in line with the Constitution".

"We've got to make them understand", he added.

The American Civil Liberties Union said it sought to challenge "several police tactics", and had previously issued public objections to alleged use of excessive force and illegal arrests. The St. Louis Symphony and a Shakespearean Theatre group canceled performances, too. As police closed in from all sides, they struck their batons in unison on the pavement, in a cadence march.

"Today we saw again that the vast majority of protesters were nonviolent", Krewson said during an early morning briefing on Monday. But as the night wears on, a subsection emerges, a different crowd more willing to confront police, sometimes to the point of a violent interaction.

The protests began mostly peaceful, but as demonstrators made their way into Midtown, they became increasingly violent.

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