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Saturday, September 16, 2017

JUST IN: St. Louis police chief reports nine officers injured, damage to mayor's home and St. Louis library, in statement

St. Louis Mayor's home has been damaged by Protesters forming right outside-

Thirteen people were arrested during protests Friday in downtown St. Louis after a judge found former police officer Jason Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of black motorist Anthony Lamar Smith.

 After the verdict, protesters and activists gathered outside the courthouse and marched through the city's downtown for hours. Some could be seen locking arms and praying together, while others held signs, chanting, "No justice, no peace."

St. Louis police said Friday evening that demonstrators threw rocks at the mayor's home -- breaking windows and smashing the windshield of a police vehicle. They also hit officers with water bottles and other items, police said.
    Four police officers were assaulted, with one treated for a hand injury, officials said.
    Video footage showed officers using tear gas to disperse the crowds after police said the protests were considered an unlawful assembly.