Tear gas & arrests, mayor’s home vandalized in St. Louis after ex-cop acquitted of black man’s death

Tear gas & arrests, mayor’s home vandalized in St. Louis after ex-cop acquitted of black man’s death

Police have declared an unlawful assembly and deployed tear gas, after protesters moved from the streets of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, to the home and neighborhood of the mayor.

After 10:10pm local time Friday, St. Louis police wearing gas masks lined up shoulder-to-shoulder in riot gear, as a helicopter flew over declaring the assembly unlawful. In response, protesters raised their voices in chants of “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

Police then deployed several tear gas devices. Protesters kicked the devices back toward police, as officers marched ahead to clear the street, continuing to fire off tear gas.

After 11:30pm, police tweeted that at least one officer was injured after “agitators” threw bricks.

Video of the incident shows an officer without a shield being knocked to the ground by a projectile. Two officers have been transported to a hospital after being hit by bricks, police said.

JUST IN: our cameras captured agitators hurling a brick toward a line of police, striking an officer & knocking them down. @ksdknews

Friday evening, protesters converged on Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house before police formed a barrier and used pepper spray on those who refused to leave.

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