Protesters marched through two upscale shopping malls and into the streets of St. Louis on Saturday, marking the second day of protests against the acquittal of a white police officer in the deadly shooting of a black man.
Several hundred people gathered near Washington University after dark to cap off a day of rallies across St. Louis and a nearby suburb that remained peaceful.
However, on Friday night, 10 police officers were hurt while 33 people were arrested in demonstrations after Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson acquitted former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley, 36, of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24.
The latest verdict came about three years after rioting broke out in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson when a black teenager was shot dead by a white police officer. That incident touched off a nationwide soul-searching over law enforcement’s use of force against African-Americans, the mentally ill and other groups.
After Friday’s ruling, approximately 600 protesters marched while chanting from the courthouse through downtown St. Louis, some of them holding “Black Lives Matter” signs.
Later, some broke windows at a library and two restaurants and threw bricks and bottles at officers, who used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the throng. At one point, demonstrators threw rocks and paint at the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, police said.
Smith was shot five times in his car after attempting to elude Stockley and his partner, who had chased the suspect after an alleged drug deal, authorities said. During the pursuit, Stockley could be heard saying on an internal police car video he was going to kill Smith, prosecutors said.