St. Louis, MO – Protests erupted Friday after Jason Stockley, a former white St. Louis police officer, was acquitted of first-degree murder charges in the shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man. On Saturday, the protests continued as hundreds of St. Louis Back Lives Matter protesters stormed the West County Mall in St. Louis, forcing a temporary shut down.
According to Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins, the protesters were chanting, “No Justice, No Profits.”
The large group reportedly marched through the indoor shopping center in Des Peres, a thirty minute drive west of the city, according to Riverfront Times. They report that the protesters first convened at Heman Park in University City, and following a peaceful protest there, they converged on the shopping mall.
Video of the events captured protesters brandishing “Black Lives Matter” signs. According to some reports, staff at Macy’s closed their doors out of fear when protesters tried to enter the store. St. Louis Now reports that the protest led to the temporary closure of the mall.
The protests turned violent Friday, with at least four cops assaulted and numerous demonstrators maced. The protests started immediately after the acquittal of Stockley, when, according to police, protesters threw bottles at them, smashed police vehicle windshields, and refused to clear a roadway, shutting down Kings Highway in the Central West End on Friday night.
Three police officers were transported to the hospital.
U2 has cancelled a concert scheduled for Saturday night in St. Louis, since the police were unable to provide protection for the audience following the Black Lives Matter violence.
In a Twitter post announcing the cancellation, Rolling Stone wrote: ” ‘Deeply saddened’ Bono on St. Louis after U2 concert canceled: ‘Is this 1968 or 2017?’ ”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 16, 2017
A peaceful protest led to the temporary closure of West County Mall STLVerdict https://t.co/UtERt42OHf
— St. Louis Now (@TLNStLouis) September 16, 2017
Live at the mall where protestors are chanting Black Lives Matter https://t.co/e6DTG66sBd
— Lucy Biggers (@LLBiggers) September 16, 2017
— southern buckeye (@richtreehugger) September 16, 2017
“Deeply saddened” Bono on St. Louis after U2 concert canceled: “Is this 1968 or 2017?”https://t.co/cHBoIHsx4Z
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 16, 2017
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