Starting on Friday, hundreds of Black Lives Matter activists protested in St. Louis in response to a judge acquitting a police officer who shot a back man. Multiple police officers were injured and property was destroying, including the mayor’s home.
The Missouri police officer in question, Officer Jason Stockley, reportedly said he was “going to kill this motherf**ker” on radio scans prior to the incident with Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. Stockley was on trial for first-degree murder.
Throughout the weekend, the St. Louis Police Department reported multiple officers were injured during the protests. Other people were also injured in the chaos:
A total of 8 officers have sustained injuries throughout the day. #STLVerdict— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) September 16, 2017
4 officers assaulted. 1 treated for hand injury. 3 not treated-1 hit w/ water bottle, 1 knocked off bike & 1 pinned on bike. #STLVerdict— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) September 15, 2017
On Saturday, the police department issued a statement saying that so far, eleven police officers have been injured:
As of Saturday morning, there had been 33 arrests made in relation to the rioting:
Saturday evening into Sunday morning, the police tweeted that debris had been thrown at officers and 7 were arrested:
Even reporters were not spared from the conflict:
Scariest moment in my career. Protesters upset about not guilty verdict for an officer accused of killing a suspect, turn on me and media. pic.twitter.com/iZyvg3gX0p— Dan Gray KTVI Fox 2 (@DanGrayTV) September 15, 2017
Over the weekend, property was damaged throughout the city, including a library and Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house:
Protester just smashed window of Subway near Euclid & Pine. Walked away south. #stlverdict— Mike Faulk (@Mike_Faulk) September 16, 2017
The destruction even led Irish rock band U2 to cancel their scheduled concert in St. Louis out of concern for risking their fans’ safety.
Despite the carnage, destruction, and injured cops, a celebrity face made an appearance during the protests. Nick Cannon showed up wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey:
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