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20 September 2017

Don't throw rocks through windows.

"They threw us on the ground, sprayed us, hit us, everything". Police said almost two dozen businesses were damaged Saturday night in University City, mostly by having their windows broken.

"Many of the demonstrators were peaceful". As the police were arresting protesters, officers started chanting at them. The area is known for restaurants, shops and bars.

"We have work to do here in the city. We shouldn't be so fearful here". In the Delmar Loop this evening, an estimated 100 or so protesters had arrived by about 7 p.m. They belong to the rest of us.

On Friday, at least 11 police officers were injured and 33 people were arrested during the first night's mayhem.

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The protests once again turned violent as the night went on. Krewson on Tuesday said she's planning to meet with protesters. The former police officer involved was acquitted by a judge. Protesters also marched through two shopping malls in a wealthy area of St. Louis County. Police released the photographers about 30 minutes later.

Mayor Lyda Krewson said she had listened and read the reaction of residents since the controversial verdict on Friday and was ready to find ways to move the city forward. Carson later followed up with Lt. Col. Gerald Leyshock, who said the chant was not appropriate and would be dealt with.

Speaking to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a DOJ spokeswoman said the decision by the agency was still under wraps while Stockley was still under trial.

"At any point, an individual can shift the entire moment that's planned and organized", Reed said. A racially mixed crowd of roughly 150 people marched silently to City Hall for a rally, then to a city court building for another. They thought they'd get away with it.

Heading into a third night of protests, organizers said they were frustrated that a few people who have caused trouble at night could make it harder to spread their nonviolent message. "Let our human spirit here in the city of St. Louis be resilient".

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"It was the most brutal arrest I've ever experienced in my life", activist Tony Rice told the Post-Dispatch. So that is similar in the time between when the grand jury was deciding whether or not it was going to indict Officer Darren Wilson for Michael Brown's shooting. Speaking with several officers out there at the scene, they both voiced their disagreement with the chants to me.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police said peaceful daytime demonstrations on Sunday descended into violence and destruction, during which windows were smashed and property destroyed.

"Live Nation and U2 regrettably announce their St. Louis show scheduled for tonight, September 16, 2017 has been canceled".

Protesters and attorneys representing Smith's family say Stockley deliberately killed Smith and planted a gun in Smith's vehicle.

Stockley said he acted in self defense when he shot Smith because he thought he was reaching for a weapon.

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This is a continuing story. We will be updating this story with more details as the night progresses.