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Protesters fill streets of St. Louis over police acquittal

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 00:38

Demonstrators filled the streets of St. Louis on Sunday for a third straight day of protests after the acquittal of a white former policeman in the fatal shooting of a black man. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Demonstrators filled the streets of St. Louis on Sunday for a third straight day of protests after the acquittal of a white former policeman in the fatal shooting of a black man, demonstrations that evoked memories of riots following the 2014 shooting of a black teenager by a white officer in nearby Ferguson. The protests started on Friday after Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson acquitted former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, 36, of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24. Protesters clashed with police that night, leading rock band U2 to cancel its Saturday concert in St. Louis. In the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson the killing of a black teenager by a white police officer in 2014 triggered sometime violent protests that spread around the United States, fueled by police killings of unarmed black men. It also helped spark debate about racial bias in the U.S. justice system. Thirty-three people were arrested and 10 officers injured by early Saturday morning in St. Louis. Police said protesters also damaged Mayor Lyda Krewson's home.

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Protesters fill streets of St. Louis over police acquittal

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 00:38