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Protesters riot for third night in United States city of St. Louis

19 September 2017

Protesters shouted slogans such as "black lives matter" and "it is our duty to fight for our freedom" as they marched.

After the verdict, protesters and activists gathered outside the courthouse and marched through the city's downtown for hours.

Protests in St. Louis turned violent as darkness set in Friday, with at least four cops assaulted and numerous demonstrators maced following the acquittal of a white officer in the shooting death of an African-American drug suspect.

"The days have been calm and the nights have been destructive", Mayor Lyda Krewson told a news conference after Sunday's unrest, adding that "destruction can not be tolerated". Barricades went up last month around police headquarters, the courthouse where the trial was held and other potential protest sites.

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The statement also said that multiple businesses also sustained property damage and one bike officer suffered a serious injury after falling.

Protestors also threw bricks and water bottles at the officers.

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As NPR reported Friday, Jason Stockley, who is white, was found not guilty of murder in the 2011 killing of Anthony Lamar Smith.

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Although the daytime demonstrations were mainly peaceful, after dark protesters clashed with riot police and there were reports of vandalism and property damage.

More protests are expected Monday, three days after a judge cleared ex-officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 shooting death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.

More than 40 people have been arrested.

Organizers of a peaceful march in University City on Saturday called on people to leave and reconvene Sunday afternoon.

A gun was found in Smith's vehicle, but prosecutors alleged Stockley planted it there. Protesters, though, say Smith was shot following a auto chase - and that the former officer had planted the gun.

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Protesters riot for third night in United States city of St. Louis