St. Louis protesters march at mall in second day of demonstrations

ST. LOUIS — Noisy demonstrators disrupted shopping at upscale suburban St. Louis shopping malls and marched through a popular district of bars and restaurants Saturday in peaceful protests over the acquittal of a white St. Louis police officer who fatally shot a black man, and there was little sign of the sporadic vandalism and violence that marred the rallies a night earlier. 

A few hundred people shouted slogans such as “black lives matter” and “it is our duty to fight for our freedom” as they marched through West County Center mall in the city of Des Peres, west of St. Louis, to decry the judge’s verdict Friday clearing ex-officer Jason Stockley of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.

A short time later, a group demonstrated at Chesterfield Mall in the suburbs and a regional food festival.

People march day after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 16, 2017.

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On Saturday evening, hundreds of protesters marched through the Delmar Loop of the St. Louis suburb of University City – known for concert venues, restaurants, shops and bars and including the famous Blueberry Hill where rock legend Chuck Berry played for many years. After three hours, organizers asked protesters to disband and reconvene Sunday afternoon. 

Drums accompanied the marchers as they chanted in unison, CBS affiliate KMOV-TV reports. After marching back to their starting point in the Delmar Loop, organizers of the protest told the group to leave and regroup downtown on Sunday.  

Small groups of protesters remained, but police said they were not aware of any arrests on Saturday.

The peaceful protests followed raucous Friday marches in downtown St. Louis and through the city’s posh Central West End area during the night. More than 20 people were arrested Friday night and 10 officers were injured.

Protesters wanted the entire region, not just predominantly black areas, to feel the impact of the protests. At one point, protesters threw rocks and splashed red paint on Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home. 

“I don’t think racism is going to change in America until people get uncomfortable,” said Kayla Reed of the St. Louis Action Council, a protest organizer.

Susanna Prins, 27, a white woman from…

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