Protests in St. Louis turned violent for a second night following the acquittal of a former police officer in the fatal 2011 shooting of a black man.
Hundreds of protesters observed six minutes of silence in front of the St. Louis Police Department on Sunday, then chanted “stop killing us.”
Protesters told The Associated Press that the six-minute silence symbolizes the six years between the death of Anthony Lamar Smith and the acquittal of the white former police officer who was charged in the black suspect’s shooting death.
Late Saturday night, hundreds of protesters marched through the Delmar Loop area of University City, a suburb about 10 miles west of St. Louis.
While many of the protests Saturday afternoon were peaceful, police said later in the evening demonstrators refused to disperse and began breaking windows at dozens of businesses and throwing objects at police.
Protesters smash windows in 2nd violent night near St. Louis
Hundreds of officers in riot gear eventually moved in with armored vehicles to disband the demonstrators. As the demonstrators retreated, they continued breaking windows with trash cans and throwing objects at police.
City and county police said at least nine people were arrested and at least one demonstrator was treated after being hit with pepper spray.
The night before nearly three-dozen people were arrested and 11 police officers injured in the protests.
Demonstrations are expected to reconvene near St. Louis on Sunday afternoon.
The protests were sparked by a judge's ruling that cleared former officer Jason Stockley of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley shot Smith, who was a suspected drug dealer, five times after a high-speed chase.