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St Louis police face growing criticism over protest tactics

St Louis police face growing criticism over protest tactics

The newspaper reports on its website that Mike Faulk was covering the protest and its aftermath when he was taken into custody as police cleared a street early Monday. The verdict was issued Friday.

Smith's mother, Anne Smith, was among those gathered outside the downtown jail on Monday. Bush says everyone makes mistakes, but that Smith did not deserve to die.

Kayla Reed, an organizer and activist with the St. Louis Action Council, said actions of those few people have unfairly been used to "demonize" nonviolent protesters.

"It's not about peace", Franks said in an interview with reporters before the protest began.

Spokeswoman Schron Jackson said police were arresting two suspects near the agency's downtown headquarters when someone started throwing rocks at officers Sunday night. "This mob was intent on destroying or damaging property, assaulting police officers and setting fires", he said.

As people prepared for another evening of protests Monday night, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens offered a blunt warning.

"The St. Louis Police Department will continue to ensure that our citizens are able to execute their constitutional rights peacefully", O'Toole said. He protested Friday, and after that said police have been doing a poor job of identifying bad actors amid crowds of other protesters. All but three of them were charged exclusively with "failure to disperse". There were reports that the concert venue could become a target of protesters on Saturday night.

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Stockley fatally shot 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith in December 2011 after a three-mile police chase through city streets.

More demonstrations are expected on Sunday. A chair was thrown through the window of a Starbucks, and one protester was also spotted hitting a police SUV with a hammer, according to the Post-Dispatch.

"They seem to have come to this very organized with lessons learned from the Ferguson protests", Nancy Fowler of St. Louis Public Radio tells Here & Now.

Violence that marred the mostly peaceful protests on Friday resulted in 11 police officers being injured and 33 people being arrested, officials said tonight.

The city has been working to expedite existing plans to increase equity as well as develop new approaches, including changing how police shootings are investigated and granting subpoena powers to a police civilian oversight board, and expanding jobs programs, Krewson said.

The deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police over the past years have sparked nationwide protests under the banner of Black Lives Matter movement. As she spoke, dozens of protesters chanted outside her office.

"This region ― and our country as a whole ― have seen too many deaths caused by police, with little accountability for the officers or department involved". Businesses were vandalized at the intersection of Olive and 10th Street and moved toward Washington Avenue. So we went over, and we asked a group of black people that were staying much closer to the police.

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