ST LOUIS protesters light fires; 10 police officers injured (videos + pics)

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ST LOUIS — Protests sparked by the “not guilty” verdict of a white police officer in the shooting death of a black man turned violent late Friday as demonstrators got physical with police.

Protesters showed up at the house owned by the mayor and broke at least two windows. The estimated crowd size outside her home was 1,000 people.

Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home was also hit with a full bucket of red paint that was thrown by one of the protesters.  According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch., police moved in and used tear gas on the crowd, getting them to leave.

A total of 10 police officers had been reported injured as of 9 p.m., including one officer with a dislocated shoulder and an officer with a possible broken jaw.

More than 20 arrests were made by early evening, and some protesters were pepper-sprayed during confrontations with authorities.

A freelance Associated Press videographer said a protester threw his camera to the ground and damaged it, and he was later threatened with a beating if he didn’t put another camera away. A KTVI reporter said water bottles were thrown at him after a protester taunted him, drawing a crowd.

Activists said they would meet again Saturday to plan further demonstrations.

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