ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Protesters turned to vandalism and violence in downtown St. Louis after Thursday’s Cardinals game.
Of the 40 reported protesters St. Louis police say one was charged with third degree assault and property damage, and nine were charged with felony resisting arrest and misdemeanor rioting.
Police say one protestor assaulted a citizen who tried to stop him from spray painting on a building at 10th and Olive.
Two protestors then allegedly punched two officers who tried to arrest them, sending one officer to a hospital with a hand injury.
Witnesses says all protesters were disguised in masks and trench coats making the demonstration nerve racking. “I was scared, I was scared to death. I thought something bad was really going to happen.”
Drew Dothage was enjoying the post-Cardinals game atmosphere at Jack Patrick’s bar and grill on Olive when the marchers arrived.
“It was all ruckus,” he told KMOX’s Michael Calhoun. “When they came up here it was very loud, they were blowing air horns. To tell you the truth if they were trying to get a point across they weren’t doing it in a peaceful way.”
Demonstrators chanted and carried signs denouncing police violence, but added the extra step of spray-painting messages such as “Solidarity with all who resist” and “Burn the banks” on a couple of nearby buildings.
The protest was in response to police actions at the NATO summit in Chicago earlier week.