St. Louis police say they have made 13 arrests and that four officers have been injured in protests following the not-guilty verdict of a former white police officer charged with murder in the death of a black suspect.
St. Louis interim police Chief Lawrence O’Toole told reporters that none of the officers injured Friday was hospitalized. One had an injured hand, one was hit by a bike, one was pinned by a bike, and one was struck by a water bottle.
Police spokeswoman Schron Jackson said she didn’t know if protesters were injured but she was not aware of any reports of demonstrators being hospitalized.
Both O’Toole and Mayor Lyda Krewson said they were proud of police for showing restraint.
Hundreds of protesters are marching through city streets after a judge acquitted former St. Louis officer Jason Stockley.
St. Louis police are saying they no longer consider a protest at a downtown intersection peaceful and they’re asking that demonstrators leave the area.
Protesters had surrounded a police vehicle in front of the old police building near Tucker Boulevard and Clark Avenue and were damaging it with rocks. Police approached and tried to secure the vehicle and protesters threw rocks and pieces of curbing at them. Police then used pepper spray on the protesters.
In a tweet, the police department said the protesters were ignoring commands and violating the law and were subject to arrest.