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Protests Follow Acquittal of Ex St. Louis Cop for Killing

Unrest broke out for a second day in Missouri after a former police officer was acquitted of killing a Black man. Jason Stockley was found not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith following a high-speed chase in 2011.

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After the ruling on Friday afternoon, around 600 chanting protesters marched from the courthouse through downtown St. Louis, some of them holding “Black Lives Matter” signs.
After the ruling on Friday afternoon, around 600 chanting protesters marched from the courthouse through downtown St. Louis, some of them holding “Black Lives Matter” signs. Photo:Reuters
Police officers used tear gas to disperse the protesters.
Police officers used tear gas to disperse the protesters. Photo:Reuters
Dozens of people were taken into custody during the clashes.
Dozens of people were taken into custody during the clashes. Photo:Reuters
Numerous studies have revealed the disproportionate level that Black people are targeted and killed by police in the United States.
Numerous studies have revealed the disproportionate level that Black people are targeted and killed by police in the United States. Photo:Reuters
The crowd chanted “No justice, no peace!” and "If you kill our kids, we’ll kill your economy!"
The crowd chanted “No justice, no peace!” and "If you kill our kids, we’ll kill your economy!" Photo:Reuters
Protesters also demanded that police resign, while also calling for an economic boycott of St. Louis.
Protesters also demanded that police resign, while also calling for an economic boycott of St. Louis.
Protesters also tried to block intersections and disrupt traffic before making their their way to police headquarters.
Protesters also tried to block intersections and disrupt traffic before making their their way to police headquarters. Photo:Reuters
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