Protesters hurling bricks in St. Louis left two police officers hospitalized hours after a judge acquitted a white cop in the fatal shooting of a black man.
Protests broke out immediately after a judge on Friday morning found former police officer Jason Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.
Stockley insisted he saw Smith holding a gun and felt he was in imminent danger, but prosecutors said the officer planted a gun in Smith’s car after the shooting.
Hundreds marched through the city, chanting and holding up “Black Lives Matter” signs before police declared an unlawful assembly and deployed tear gas around 10 p.m. local time.
Protesters are blocked by police as they attempt to walk down a ramp to Interstate 64 in St. Louis, M.O., September 15, 2017.
A video captured by a KSDK reporter shows one cop collapsing to the ground after a brick hurtled towards a line of police officers in riot gear.
The St Louis Metropolitan Police Department announced in a tweet that one officer sustained a serious injury from a brick thrown at Kingshighway and Waterman.
Minutes later, a second officer hit by a brick was headed to the hospital as well.
At least nine cops were injured during the day of unrest, along with a trooper from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, according to interim police chief Lawrence O’Toole.
The injuries included a possible broken jaw, and a dislocated shoulder in another case, O’Toole said.
At least 23 arrests were made, according to O’Toole.
Protests erupted today following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith
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Crowds outside Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home chanted for her to wake up, and protesters broke a window and splattered red paint on the house.
Earlier Friday, a protester threw a rock through a restaurant window, and at least two flags were burned during the demonstration.
Several others were filmed jumping on the hood of a police patrol car, with one man kicking the windshield.
O’Toole acknowledged that many of the demonstrators had been peaceful, saying violence broke out after dark.
A flag is set on fire. After police declared an unlawful assembly, at least two police officers were struck by bricks and hospitalized
Anger in St. Louis boiled over after a judge ruled in Stockley’s favor after his lawyers claimed he shot Smith in self-defense.
Prosecutors argued the shooting was premeditated, and that Stockley, who can be heard in a dash cam video saying he’s “going to kill this motherf——”, planted a gun in Smith’s car, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
A protester stands on a “blue lives matter” flag
The protest erupted just 15 miles away from the suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, which was the scene of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was killed by a white police officer in 2014. That officer was never charged and eventually resigned.
With News Wire Services.