Protesters march in St. Louis after officer's acquittal

When officers began pushing back the crowd, protesters resisted and police responded with pepper spray. "For anyone who protests, please do so peacefully".

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. "Anyone intent on violence or vandalism toward people or property will be arrested". The Alzheimer's Walk has cancelled their event for the time being, as they were informed that police personnel and first responders will be limited. One group of protestors tried to climb onto one of the highways but were block by police.

In the report, Stockley said he entered Smith's auto "to locate the weapon and render it safe", and removed the ammunition from the silver revolver.

Stockley's trial was for the 2011 shooting death of drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith.

When the chase slowed, Bianchi slammed the patrol auto into Smith's vehicle. The absence of DNA on the gun does not mean it was not Smith's, he wrote.

Officers stopped Smith by ramming his vehicle, and Stockley, believing Smith was concealing a weapon, shot Smith five times, killing him. "You don't get video and audio of a guy with a badge saying in the minutes preceding his shooting of somebody 'We're gonna kill this [motherf*cker], don't you know'". Brown, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot by a white officer after they skirmished in a street. Stockley chose to have the case decided by a judge, rather than a jury, and the judge agreed despite the objections of prosecutors.

After the verdict, protesters and activists gathered outside the courthouse and marched through the city's downtown for hours.

Jason Stockley's first-degree murder trial concluded August 9 and St. Louis has been on edge awaiting Judge Timothy Wilson's ruling. "Ask ourselves if we can turn this anxiety and distrust into something constructive", she said. Stockley's defense attorney, Neil Bruntrager, said the officers were almost run over. He finds Stockley's story of the shooting hard to believe. "I don't buy it for a heartbeat". The Eagleton Federal Courthouse is also closed today.

The case has inflamed racial tensions in St Louis, which has one of the highest murder rates in the US.

Smith's death occurred three years before the shooting death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson. Some targets could include protests at St. Louis Cardinals baseball games and Lambert International Airport.

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People are again protesting in the streets of St. Louis.

Stockley was arrested and charged with Smith's murder a year ago.

After a high-speed chase in North St. Louis in December 2011, Stockley shot Smith, killing him. His lawyers argued that he was acting in self-defense. Initially the officer wasn't charged with a crime. "This court, as the trier of fact, is simply not firmly convinced of defendant's guilt".

The defense pointed to the dash cam video as proof Stockley's life was in danger.

"Of course I'm disappointed with the court's decision", Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner said of Friday's acquittal.

KIMBERLY GARDNER: We can not let the naysayers and guardians the status quo let us miss this opportunity to seek real change.

Greitens and Mayor Lyda Krewson are urging calm. I don't buy it.

Meanwhile, protests are expected to continue following the verdict.

TK BENSON: To say that it is heartbreaking would be too much of an understatement. Some protesters hurled objects at officers and vandalized property. For NPR News, I'm Willis Ryder Arnold in St. Louis.


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