80 Arrests as Riots Grip St. Louis for 3rd Day After Ex-Cop’s Acquittal in Fatal Shooting
Riot police in St. Louis have made more than 80 arrests after a third consecutive day of protests that started peacefully but erupted into riots, clashes, and vandalism. It comes after an ex-cop was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black man.
St. Louis police were forced to deploy reinforcements after initial reports of “significant property damage” and “agitators breaking multiple windows” surfaced in downtown St. Louis at around 8pm.
Protesters also attempted to block a ramp onto an interstate highway, according to police and witnesses cited by Reuters.
Demonstrators broke large ceramic flowerpots and threw chunks of them at storefront windows.
Windows were smashed at the Marriott Hotel on Washington Avenue and at other nearby businesses, including a sushi restaurant, a nail salon, and an optician's, St. Louis Today reported.