More than 80 arrested in violent St. Louis protests

Riot police gathered on Tucker Boulevard on Friday afternoon

For the second-straight night, hundreds of protesters in St. Louis clashed with police in the downtown streets.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department reported two arrests, St. Louis County Police Department reported seven and University City police reported 10, the agencies tweeted late Saturday night.

"That was the main goal of the night".

"We, here in St. Louis, are once again ground zero for the frustration and anger at our shared legacy of these disproportional outcomes", she said. The organization is exploring legal options and encouraged people to ask themselves why the protests were happening.

Federal prosecutors said Saturday they won't open a new civil rights investigation into the killing.

Monday was the fourth day of protests. All but three of them were charged exclusively with "failure to disperse". Police approached and tried to secure the vehicle and protesters threw rocks and pieces of curbing at them. Post-Dispatch reporter Mike Faulk was caught in the kettle. "[O'Toole] has been very clear in prioritizing the possessions of city officials and the property of St. Louis over people".

The St. Louis Police Department later announced that the woman "failed to obey officers' orders" and was charged with "interfering".

Police said they had to use tear gas and pepper balls on the crowd after some officers were hurt by thrown bricks.

More than 80 arrests were made in the weekend turmoil while an officer suffered a leg injury. His condition wasn't known.

For the next several hours, hundreds of officers in riot gear lined downtown streets.

"We have work to do here in the city", the St. Louis Mayor Krewson said.

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At an early morning news conference with Mayor Lyda Krewson the chief bragged that his officers took control and "police owned the night."

Protests resumed for the fourth straight day just after dawn Monday. Carlson was joined by black church pastors, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders, and the Community Gospel Choir of St. Louis.

Following the protest, four rioters remain in jail.

At Kirkwood High School, dozens of students staged a demonstration by walking into the football stadium and holding a moment of silence.

The deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police over the past years have sparked nationwide protests under the banner of Black Lives Matter movement.

Protest organizer Anthony Bell said he understands why some act out: While change can come through peaceful protests, such as those led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., years of oppression has caused some to turn violent.

"For the most part, the demonstrations have been peaceful", MPD posted on Twitter.

Ex-officer Stockley shot Smith after the suspected drug dealer fled from officers trying to arrest him. Prosecutors argued that a gun that was discovered in Smith's auto showed Stockley's DNA, rather than Smith's.

The officer's DNA was on the weapon but Mr Smith's wasn't.

During a high-speed chase with Smith, Stockley was recorded telling his partner he was "going to kill" Smith "don't you know it". The pursuit ended a short time later, with Stockley shooting Smith to death.

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