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The unrest in St. Louis occurred after hours of peaceful protest, and when it got dark, the rioting began.
ST. LOUIS • Police made more than 80 arrests downtown Sunday night after violence erupted following hours of peaceful protesting.
It marked the third night of violence following the Friday acquittal of former St. Louis Police officer Jason Stockley, charged with murdering a black drug suspect.
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In the early hours of Mondy morning, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson held a press conference along with Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole.
“For the third day in a row, the days have been calm and the nights have been destructive,” Krewson said. “This is unacceptable. Destruction cannot be tolerated.”
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“I’m proud to tell you the city of St. Louis is safe and the police owned tonight,” O’Toole said.
Shortly after the arrests, at Tucker Boulevard and Washington Avenue, police officers were heard by reporters chanting “Whose streets? Our streets,” commandeering a common refrain used by protesters.
O’Toole said some officers were assaulted with chemicals and rocks, listing the injuries of the officers as minor and moderate.
“We’re in control. This is our city and we’re going to protect it,” O’Toole said.
Source: St. Louis Today
More than 80 people were arrested after violence broke out on Sunday night, and more than 120 over the three days of violence.
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