Tear Gas Deployed after St. Louis Protest
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  • September 19, 2017
Protesters in St. Louis Friday night blocked highways, damaged public and private property, broke windows, threw rocks at the mayor's house and threw bricks at police officers -- who responded by dispersing tear gas -- after a white former police officer earlier in the day was acquitted in the 2011 fatal shooting of a black man.

Thirty-two people were arrested, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said. Ten officers were injured -- 9 St. Louis Police Department officers and one Missouri Highway Patrol officer -- two of whom were transported to a hospital with injuries sustained after being hit by a brick. Some officers were wearing protective gear due to items being thrown at them.


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St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson found 36-year-old Jason Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. On Dec. 20, 2011, the then-police officer shot 24-year-old Lamar Smith five times after a high-speed chase and crash.


Hundreds of people were part of the massive protest, ABC St. Louis affiliate KDNL reported.