Police made more than 80 arrests in downtown St. Louis Sunday night after violence broke out following hours of peaceful protesting.
It marked the third night of violence following the Friday acquittal of Jason Stockley, a white former St. Louis police officer charged with murdering Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man Stockley shot after a suspected drug deal in 2011.
“For the third day in a row, the days have been calm and the nights have been destructive,” St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said. “This is unacceptable. Destruction cannot be tolerated.”
The weekend saw protests across the St. Louis area, including Saturday demonstrations in the Delmar Loop and a mall in St. Louis County. In response to protests growing violent Saturday night in the Delmar Loop, the city’s Metro transit system shut down service to the neighborhood.
On Friday, protesters surrounded Krewson’s home, with some throwing red paint and at least two windows being broken. Nine police officers were reported injured after Friday.
Concerns about unrest led to the cancellation of various events over the weekend, including concerts by musical acts U2 and Ed Sheeran.
The weekend followed a pattern of generally peaceful protests by day giving way to more violent demonstrations at night, despite some leaders of local protest groups urging “disruption, not destruction.”
On Sunday, protests started peacefully, but by 8 p.m., a small group had marched downtown, breaking several windows in the Marriott hotel on Washington Avenue and at other nearby businesses, including at Olive and 10th streets.
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