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More than 80 were arrested as protests raged in St. Louis for a third straight night

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Updated September 18, 2017 09:30 AM EDT

Protests continued on Monday morning.

St. Louis police on Sunday night arrested more than 80 people after protests there turned violent, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Post-Dispatch on Monday reported that Sunday’s unrest marked the third night of violent demonstrations in St. Louis.

St. Louis is in turmoil following Friday’s acquittal of former city police officer Jason Stockley of a first-degree murder charge.

Stockley, who is white, shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith, a 24-year-old black man, following a high-speed chase in 2011.

Some Twitter users on Monday criticized the protesters in St. Louis, while others voiced displeasure with the city’s police force instead.

Interim St. Louis Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole on Sunday said “criminals” landed in jail after deciding to break and destroy property.

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“I’m proud to tell you the city of St. Louis is safe and the police owned tonight,” he said. “We’re in control. This is our city and we’re going to protect it.”

O’Toole added that authorities recovered at least five weapons during Sunday evening’s agitation.

The police chief also noted that some law officers were assaulted with rocks and chemicals, resulting in minor to moderate injuries.

Stockley, 36, could have been sentenced to up to life in prison without parole before his acquittal Friday.

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Activists in St. Louis had previously pledged to engage in civil disobedience if he were acquitted, including potential attempts at shutting down highways.

Stockley shot Smith five times and argued before Friday’s result that he believed he was in imminent danger as the latter was holding a gun.

Prosecutors countered that Stockley did not act in self-defense, charging that he instead planted a gun in Smith’s car after shooting him.

The discontent in St. Louis is the latest in several high-profile incidents across the nation in recent years regarding police officers and how they interact with minorities.

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