Early on Friday morning, Judge Timothy Wilson, announced the acquittal of Jason Stockly, a white police officer charged with shooting a black man, Anthony Lamar Smith.
The incident happened in December of 2011, long before Michael Brown of Ferguson died in similar shootings, but racial tensions in St. Louis have been boiling ever since.
Fox2Now in St. Louis has this:
ST. LOUIS, MO — Multiple videos on social media show police using pepper spray on protesters in downtown St. Louis. Police say that officers were attempting to get off buses. There were being blocked by demonstrators at Tucker & Spruce. Authorities say rocks were being thrown at the buses.
Demonstrators are marching after a judge ruled former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley not guilty of murder.
— Christian P. Bryant (@BryantCP) September 15, 2017
— Lucy Biggers (@LLBiggers) September 15, 2017
Protestor maced near Tucker and Clark. pic.twitter.com/eKWbuXn5RH
— Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen) September 15, 2017
— Kelly Dutton (@mskellydutton) September 15, 2017
— Linda Tirado (@KillerMartinis) September 15, 2017
Dozens of protesters are facing off with police in riot gear in downtown St. Louis after blocking a bus filled with officers.
The governor has deployed the National Guard and police are in full force in the area. For weeks the black clergy has been threatening a large scale protest if the verdict didn’t go their way. Protesters have been planning, organizing protest activity for weeks, if not months.
Businesses, schools, activities and events all over the St. Louis area have been closed or cancelled.