USA: St. Louis protesters battle police in night of violence after officer acquittal

Protesters clashed with police on Friday night and into Saturday morning, following the acquittal of a police officer in the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. The protesters reportedly erected roadblocks and clashed with police, who in turn fired teargas and rubber bullets at the crowds. At 32 people were detained and and ten officers were injured, reports say. The home of Mayor Lyda... Еще Krewson was also attacked, with several windows at the residence being reportedly smashed by protesters. Former St. Louis police officer Jason 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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