St. Louis law enforcement officials are preparing for a third straight day of protests on Sunday, following the acquittal of a white police officer for the shooting of an unarmed black man.
Protests became violent Saturday night when a small group of activists refused to call it quits, eventually clashing with police officers.
Windows were broken, objects were thrown at police, and nearly 40 arrests were made on Friday and Saturday combined.
Radio host Kevin Jackson described to “Fox & Friends” how St. Louis is in dire straits. Since 1980, the population has shrunk from 800,000 to 300,000, and now only nine fortune five hundred companies have headquarters there.
“These types of incidents don’t help” in trying to prevent St. Louis’ issues, Jackson said. “The root cause is that young black kids don’t have their fathers, their families.”
Saturday’s confrontation took place in the Delmar Loop of the St. Louis suburb of University City — known for concert venues, restaurants, shops and bars.
The Associated Press reported that on one side of the street almost every business had its windows broken.
Sam Thomas, who was helping his friend clean up the glass from the shattered windows of his business, OSO, a clothing and accessories boutique, said he understood why people were angry. The U.S. justice system is broken and needs to be fixed, Thomas said.
“I’m not saying this is the right way to fix it,” he said of the damage.
“The window isn’t murdered. Nobody is going to have a funeral for the window. We can replace it.”
— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) September 16, 2017
— Kevin C. Johnson (@kevincjohnson) September 16, 2017
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