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Protesters Face Off With Police in St. Louis

Protesters Face Off With Police in St. Louis
(AP)

Friday, 15 September 2017 02:57 PM

Dozens of protesters are facing off with police in riot gear in downtown St. Louis after blocking a bus filled with officers.

The protests come after a judge announced Friday that Jason Stockley was not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.

Hundreds of protesters are marching through city streets.

A smaller group stood in front of a city bus filled with officers in riot gear, blocking it from moving forward. The bus backed up and protesters again tried to stop it, with a few throwing water bottles. The bus moved less than a block before police in riot gear began pushing back the crowd.

Stockley shot 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith five times after a high-speed chase. Prosecutors alleged Stockley planted a gun in Smith's car after he shot him.

One man has been arrested during protests in St. Louis that followed the acquittal of a former white police officer who killed a black suspect.

St. Louis police say a man was arrested Friday for damaging a police vehicle as protesters marched down a St. Louis street. The suspect's name has not been released.

Hundreds of protesters blocked streets, marched and tried unsuccessfully to walk onto Interstate 64, where they were blocked from entering the highway by police.

Several businesses and schools in or near downtown St. Louis closed early after the judge's verdict acquitting Stockley.

Wells Fargo Advisors, brokerage and investment firm Stifel and Nestle Purina PetCare all sent thousands of employees home and several schools also closed early and postponed events scheduled for Friday.

And an Alzheimer's Walk scheduled for Saturday in downtown St. Louis was postponed.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says she hopes city residents will come together despite their differences over the acquittal.

Krewson says in a statement early Friday that she's praying for the loved ones of Smith, who was shot to death in 2011. She also offers prayers for police, the judge who issued the verdict and "citizens who find no comfort, or justice."

The mayor encouraged St. Louis residents to show each other compassion and recognize that they all "rise and fall together."

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