Unrest in St.Louis protest breakout across the city
ST. LOUIS, Mo -- The Jason Stockley verdict came out just a little before 9 AM Friday morning. A crowd of people shouted "Shut it down!" at the intersection of Tucker and Market street outside of the Carnahan Courthouse in St. Louis. That's where a St. Louis judge found former police officer Jason Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Anthony Lamar Smith after a car chase in 2011.
Fox 26’s Amicia Ramsey’s brother, Arthur Ramsey III was at that daytime demonstration protesting the shooting of unarmed black people by law enforcement. He said that many of the people there are frustrated with a criminal justice system that also acquitted the officer who shot and killed Philando Castile three months ago.
This protest is a reminder of the unrest in St. Louis in recent years. Protesters chanted "Hands up don't shoot. Hands up don't shoot.” A phrase that became a rallying cry for Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the deadly shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in August 2014.
That happened just about 20 miles from the rally held outside of the courthouse. Arthur Ramsey III said that protesters wanted to show that they were upset but not violently.
What happened later that night was vastly different. The St. Louis Missouri Police Department determined that protest was no longer peaceful.
Some people protesting clashed with police by throwing water bottles. Police in riot gear used tear gas and other methods to police crowds. According to reports police have arrested 13 people. They say they will continue to monitor protest in other parts of the city.