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St. Louis Protest 09-15-17

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:31 am
by RickOShea
Hopefully, it will remain peaceful....or it could be a rough weekend in St. Louis. Those in the area may want to keep an eye on things:

Protesters march in St. Louis after not guilty verdict ... y-verdict/

ST. LOUIS (AP) _About 100 people have gathered in downtown St. Louis to protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the shooting death of a black man.

A judge on Friday found 36-year-old Jason Stockley not guilty in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. Protesters began gathering near the courthouse where the case was heard and were marching in the streets. Police have blocked off some streets. At one point, protesters headed toward an interstate ramp, but police blocked them from getting on.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says she hopes city residents will come together despite their differences over the acquittal.

St. Louis braces for protests after murder acquittal for ex-cop ... SKCN1BQ161

The National Guard was placed on standby by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens with officials fearing the verdict could set off violent protests, as in similar incidents involving police and minorities around the United States in recent years.

Latest: Businesses, schools close in downtown St. Louis ... g-49872065

Several businesses and schools in or near downtown St. Louis closed early after a judge's verdict acquitting a white police officer in the death of black motorist was announced. Wells Fargo Advisors, brokerage and investment firm Stifel and Nestle Purina PetCare all sent thousands of employees home Friday after a judge acquitted former officer Jason Stockley in the death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.

Activists were gathering downtown to protest the verdict and officials were concerned about the potential for unrest. Several schools also closed early and postponed events scheduled for Friday. And an Alzheimer's Walk scheduled for Saturday in downtown St. Louis was postponed.

Re: St. Louis Protest 09-15-17

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:39 pm
by Ellywick
Crud. My sister teaches at an inner-city school there. Better go check on her...although when these things happen, her school seems to do a decent job at keeping things under control (at least within the school itself). Gotta love her, as a Social Studies teacher she gets excited about using current events like this for teachable moments and discussion.

Re: St. Louis Protest 09-15-17

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:05 pm
by jor-el
This is the current governor

Somehow I don't think he's going to let things get out of control.