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Largely Peaceful Demonstrations Result in 9 Injured Cops

Written by Joe Scudder

What the media describes as largely peaceful demonstrations involved an attack on the St. Louis mayor’s home.

So, one takeaway of the St. Louis protests of the verdict that the protestors didn’t like is that the media describes riots as largely peaceful when they approve of the rioters. Notice, no mainstream media reports thought the Charlottesville, VA, protests were largely peaceful.

These demonstrations were “largely peaceful,” yet the only reason they didn’t take over the interstate in mass is because the cops stopped them!

NBC News reports, “St. Louis Protests Turn Violent After Ex-Officer Acquitted in Killing of Black Man.

Police in St. Louis used tear gas to disperse protesters who threw rocks and broke a window in the mayor’s home Friday night — hours after a white former officer was acquitted in the 2011 shooting death of a black man.

At least 32 people were arrested and nine city officers were injured as hundreds took to the streets in largely peaceful demonstrations against the verdict, Interim St. Louis Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said early Saturday. In addition, a St. Louis County police officer and a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper were hurt.

Some officers were hurt by thrown bricks, police said, and they had to use tear gas and pepper balls on the crowd.


Demonstrators took to the streets shortly after Stockley was acquitted and protests continued throughout the day and into the night. Friday night hundreds marched downtown and a group tried to march onto an interstate but were thwarted by police who blocked their path.

“We have been informed by the St. Louis Police Department that they are not in a position to provide the standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size. We have also been informed that local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity. ”

“Many of the demonstrators were peaceful,” O’Toole said in a video message early Saturday. “However, after dark many agitators began to destroy property and assault police officers.”

He said injuries to police officers include a possible broken jaw and a dislocated shoulder. Officials also said they had recovered a firearm from the demonstration.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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