St. Louis protesters turn out for a second day of demonstrations
Jim Salter, Summer Ballentine, and KPCC Staff | AP|
A few hundred protesters marched in the St. Louis suburb of University City in the latest of two days of demonstrations. Protesters turned out to show their opposition to the acquittal of a white former police officer in the shooting death of a black man.
The Delmar Loop, where the march is taking place, is an eclectic district that includes hip concert venues, restaurants, shops and bars.
Protesters shouted slogans such as "black lives matter" and "it is our duty to fight for our freedom" as they marched. On Friday, a judge's verdict cleared ex-officer Jason Stockley of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.
The marching and chanting was similar to demonstrations Friday night in the Central West End neighborhood in St. Louis and earlier Saturday at suburban malls.
No arrests were reported at any of Saturday's demonstrations.
The protests followed raucous Friday marches in downtown St. Louis and through the city's posh Central West End area during the night.
Friday's demonstrations led to several clashes — including rocks thrown at a police car and objects tossed at officers in riot gear — and culminated when protesters broke a window and spattered red paint on the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson. Police eventually used tear gas to clear the area.
Federal prosecutors said Saturday they won't open a new civil rights investigation into the killing, as the NAACP requested. Justice Department spokeswoman Lauren Ehrsam said the department concluded in September not to prosecute, but didn't announce it then to avoid affecting the state criminal case.
Both U2 and Ed Sheeran canceled planned concerts in St. Louis on Saturday and Sunday because police couldn't guarantee adequate security during the protests.