USA: 143 protesters arrested for blocking St Louis highway

Over a hundred people were arrested as they barricaded the eastbound section of the Interstate 64, at the Compton Avenue overpass on Tuesday evening, as part of ongoing protests against the acquittal of a police officer in the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. Police arrested a total of 143 protesters when they blocked traffic at Interstate 64. Former St. Louis police officer Jason... Еще Stockley shot Smith to death in 2011, in what he claims was self-defence, believing that the 24-year-old African-American was reaching for a gun in his car. Whether Smith was in possession of a firearm remained the most controversial element of the case, with opponents arguing that the firearm found in Smith's vehicle was planted by the policeman in the aftermath of the shooting. The judges ruled that «an urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be an anomaly.»

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