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Protesters Clash With St. Louis Police After Teen Shot Dead

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Protesters cheer after blocking an intersection after a vigil in St. Louis, Missouri, October 9, 2014. A 32-year-old white St. Louis police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. (Jim Young/Reuters/Landov)

Friday, 10 Oct 2014 07:25 AM

 St. Louis police faced off with about 200 protesters one night after an off-duty officer shot an 18-year-old he was chasing.

About 200 people marched through the streets on the south side of the city last night, blocking traffic, beating a bass drum and chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” They burned two American flags in a residential neighborhood. A protester smashed a police-car window across the intersection from the line of police officers and ran away.

“They feel there’s been no justice with the system, how black men are constantly getting shot and killed,” said Derrick Robinson, pastor of Kingdom Destiny Fellowship, who led protesters down Grand Boulevard with a megaphone.

The confrontation came two months after a police officer in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown, touching off nights of rioting. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the case and a grand jury is deciding whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

Last night’s clashes began about 10:15 p.m. local time. After keeping a distance from marchers, officers in riot gear blocked their progress with shields and pepper spray. A helicopter orbited, spotlighting groups of protesters.

Lokey Jackson, 15, sat on the curb across from a phalanx of police and said a friend was detained.

“He just didn’t move,” Jackson said. “So they Maced him and they arrested him.”

Business Damaged

At least one business was damaged during last night’s protests. The glass front door of the Medicine Shoppe on Grand was smashed, and half a mile away, protesters pulled an American flag off the pole in front of a nursing home.

Around 1 a.m. local time, an armored police tank moved in toward protesters near the intersection of Arsenal Street and Grand, and an officer on a loudspeaker directed the crowd to disperse or be arrested, calling the gathering an “unlawful assembly.” Most of the protesters disbanded within the hour.

The unrest was set off by a killing Oct. 8. Police said Vonderrit Myers ran from an off-duty officer who had been working a second job as a guard. Myers shot at the officer after a struggle, police said. The officer returned fire, killing him.

Police said they found a 9mm pistol at the scene. Myers’s mother, Syreeta Myers, told the Associated Press that her son had been holding a sandwich, not a gun.

 

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