Protesters march in St. Louis after officer's acquittal

Protesters march in St. Louis after officer's acquittal

Protesters march in St. Louis after officer's acquittal

Prosecutors say Stockley planted a gun in Smith's vehicle after the confrontation and a dashcam video from the scene appears to show the officer reaching in to grab a weapon.

Officials say that this verdict could lead to mass protests like the response to the deaths of Eric Garner, Philando Castille, Sandra Bland, and Michael Brown.

Although most protests were peaceful, some violence broke out between protesters and police officers late at night.

CNN reports that Missouri 22nd Circuit Court judge Timothy Wilson found Jason Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder for killing Anthony Lamar Smith following a 2011 auto chase. In 2013, the St. Louis police board settled a wrongful death suit with Smith's family for $900,000, CNN reported.

Trouble flared after a judge acquitted Jason Stockley of first-degree murder for killing Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley could be heard on the police dashcam saying he was going to "kill this motherf*cker" and only Stockley's DNA was on the weapon found in Smith's auto.

The vast majority of Friday's protest groups did not engage in any property damage, and most of the 23 arrested were released as of Saturday morning.

Video from St. Louis television stations showed a crowd that swelled from a handful to several hundred in the hours after the verdict and marched through city streets. Dashcam footage captured Stockley saying "going to kill this [expletive], don't you know it" before Stockley and his partner rammed Smith's van and Stockley got out and shot five rounds into the auto, killing Smith.

Police dashcam video and surveillance footage showed Mr Smith reversing his auto into the police vehicle twice during his attempt to drive off.

The band doesn't want to risk anyone's public safety by having the concert, and so things are off, at least for tonight.

"We have also been informed that local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity", the band explained.

Fans who purchased tickets online will receive a refund on the credit card tickets were ordered on.

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