Posted by The AntiMedia on September 16, 2017 12:51 pm

(ANTIMEDIA) — Intense protests broke out in downtown St. Louis Friday after a former police officer was acquitted in the 2011 death of unarmed 24-year-old Lamar Smith, who the officer shot five times after a car chase. St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson found Jason Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, which caused thousands of people to flood the streets of St. Louis to protest the verdict.

The chaotic scene played out not far from Ferguson, Missouri, where a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, another unarmed black man, in 2014. After months of unrest, the officer, Darren Wilson, was not indicted, a decision that sparked additional nationwide protests. Wilson eventually resigned. Several other cops have also been acquitted in recent police shooting trials in Oklahoma, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Police ordered the crowd to disperse and deployed tear gas on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

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