Protests continue in St Louis
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 19, 2017,
Sep 19, 2017, 13:42
Demonstrations continued Sunday. Protests again started off peacefully, but turned violent as night fell, when an estimated 100 protesters reported to have confronted police as they marched through the downtown area.
Convictions are rare in cases of fatal police shootings because, according to legal experts, it's tough to dispute a law enforcement officer's split-second decision-making, among other factors.
Police officers began blocking Market Street and 14th and 17th Streets shortly before 8 am.
On Friday, a few thousands protestors had initially been peaceful but later they moved to the home of mayor Lyda Krewson, throwing rocks through a window and splashing paint on the home.
"Orders to disperse were given numerous times".
The lady, who laid on her back in the street after police officers walked over her, was eventually helped up by several policemen and detained.
With protests expected to continue in the area throughout the weekend, a number of planned events have been canceled.
About 1,000 people gathered Sunday near police headquarters, then marched downtown, including through two shopping malls, without incident.
At least one firearm was discovered by St. Louis police on Friday, and five weapons were confiscated Saturday.
Earlier, organizers of the peaceful protests said they were frustrated with the demonstrators getting unruly at night who they say could make it harder for them to to spread their nonviolent message.
A judge in the Missouri city Friday found a white former police officer, Jason Stockley, not guilty of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith, a suspected drug dealer, following a high-speed chase in 2011. "All will be returned to duty soon", Police Commissioner Larry O'Toole said late Sunday night.
More than 40 people have been arrested.
A worker clears up broken glass after a business' window was smashed on Saturday.
U.S. police departments have been under heightened scrutiny in recent years for the disproportionate number of police killings of African Americans.