Sunday’s Peaceful Protests Give Way to Crime

UPDATED 6:21 p.m.

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis police now say more than 100 people were arrested Sunday, the third day of protests that followed the acquittal of a former police officer accused of killing a black man, the Associated Press reports.

Police originally said more than 80 people were arrested after demonstrators marched into downtown St. Louis late Sunday and toppled large planters, broke windows and threw things at officers. But spokeswoman Leah Freeman said Monday that the arrest total Sunday topped 100. That means that since Friday, about 140 people have been arrested.

Our previous reporting is as follows:

Police in St. Louis say they made more than 80 arrested overnight after peaceful protests gave way to property damage.

Demonstrators took to the streets for a third day to protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black man.

Interim St. Louis Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole says police owned the night.

“These criminals we’ve arrested should be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We’re in control. This is our city, and we’re going to protect it,” he says.

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After nightfall, the 100 or so demonstrators who remained became disruptive, breaking windows and knocking over planters. They once again broke windows along Washington Avenue and Olive.

Local artist Adell Blackmon III blames a handful of “bad apples.”

“I can understand the anger, but it shouldn’t turn to vigilante destruction,” he says.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says this kind of violent protest is not acceptable.

“We have work to do here in the city. We need more and better opportunities for all of our citizens, but destruction cannot be tolerated,” she says.

Another round of protests are planned for Monday.

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