St. Louis protesters tell police: 'Stop killing us'

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Several hundred protesters observed six minutes of silence in front of the St. Louis Police Department, then chanted "stop killing us" as officers looked on from headquarters windows.

Protesters said Sunday that the six-minute silence symbolizes the six years between the death of Anthony Lamar Smith and the acquittal of the white former police officer who was charged in the black suspect's shooting death. The verdict was issued Friday.

Demonstrators protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley march through University City on September 16, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Demonstrators protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley march through University City on September 16, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Scott Olson/Getty Images

During the silence, protest organizer Cori Bush walked slowly with Anne Smith, Anthony Smith's mother. Bush says everyone makes mistakes, but that Smith did not deserve to die.

Authorities closed off several blocks around the police headquarters Sunday afternoon in anticipation of the demonstration, which followed two days of nonviolent marches and two nights of violent skirmishes that resulted in more than 40 arrests.

Demonstrators confront police while protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 16, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Demonstrators confront police while protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 16, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Friday and Saturday protests largely consisted of nonviolent marches in downtown St. Louis, in suburban shopping malls and in the Delmar Loop and Central West End entertainment districts.

Demonstrators protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley march through University City on September 16, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Demonstrators protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley march through University City on September 16, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Scott Olson/Getty Images

University City police said 23 businesses and five police vehicles were damaged in the Loop area Saturday night after things turned violent. The nonviolent group of several hundred had disbanded, then several dozen people gathered and eventually began throwing items, police reported.

Police arrest a demonstrator protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 16, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Police arrest a demonstrator protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 16, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Scott Olson/Getty Images
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