News reporter among those arrested in St. Louis rioting


In the third night of violent rioting in St. Louis, Missouri, on Sunday, police arrested at least 80 protesters.

Among those arrested was a reporter for the St. Louis Dispatch newspaper, Mike Faulk.

The protests, which started out mostly peaceful during the day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, turned violent at night, ending with combative confrontations between police and the demonstrators.

Protesters caused destruction to property, including kicking in windows of businesses and overturning flower pots and trash cans.

Faulk was reportedly covering the protest for the St. Louis Dispatch and was arrested along with the rioters. Police had told the crowd to clear out, and they had failed to leave.

David Carson, a photographer for the Dispatch, posted a photo of the arrest, stating that it was a “mass arrest” and people complained that police “didn’t give them a way to exit.”

St. Louis police officials announced they seized five guns from among the 80 people arrested, but none had been fired during the rioting.

The protests began Friday after a former police officer, who is white, was acquitted in the death of a black criminal suspect.

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