Louis police arrest 13 during protest of Stockley verdict

Posted September 19, 2017

Violence that marred the mostly peaceful protests on Friday resulted in 11 police officers being injured and 33 people being arrested, officials said tonight.

Demonstrators march through the West County Mall protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 16, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Video has emerged of protesters in St Louis running in fear as they are chased after by police officers firing projectiles into the crowd. "However, after dark many agitators began to destroy property and assault police officers".

Police officers began blocking Market Street and 14th and 17th Streets shortly before 8 am.

Protesters took to the streets in outrage at the verdict and stormed the mayor's house and burned flags outside forcing Mayor Lyda Krewson, to flee her home.

"Orders to disperse were given numerous times".

St. Louis was also the scene of violent protests in 2014 following the police killing of black teenager Michael Brown in the suburb of Ferguson.

Police appeared in riot gear as multiple people have been arrested in downtown St. Louis.

A few dozen people continued their march, damaging pot plants and breaking windows.

"I'm committed to protecting everyone's constitutional right to protest peacefully, while also protecting people's lives, homes, and communities", Greitens said in a statement.

"For the most part, the demonstrations have been peaceful", MPD posted on Twitter. City police say they will release a statement later.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson found white former police officer Jason Stockley not guilty of killing Anthony Lamar Smith, a 24-year-old black man.

Crowds gathered to show solidarity with those who still remain behind bars as demonstrators outside the jail criticised authorities for keeping a number of those arrested behind bars.

At Stockley's direction, his partner, who was driving, slammed the police cruiser into Smith's vehicle and they came to a stop, court documents said.

During the protests Sunday night, several windows were broken at a Marriott hotel and at other nearby businesses.