Last Updated Sep 15, 2017 3:39 PM EDT
ST. LOUIS — Dozens of protesters are facing off with police in riot gear in downtown St. Louis after blocking a bus filled with officers.
The protests come after a judge announced Friday that former police officerwas not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley shot Smith five times after a high-speed chase. Prosecutors alleged Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car after he shot him.
Hundreds of protesters are marching through city streets. Immediately following the verdict, some protesters shouted, “If we can’t get no justice y’all can’t get no peace” and burned a St. Louis Cardinals sweatshirt, according to a reporter for CBS St. Louis affiliate KMOV-TV.
A smaller group stood in front of a city bus filled with officers in riot gear, blocking it from moving forward. The bus backed up and protesters again tried to stop it, with a few throwing water bottles. The bus moved less than a block before police in riot gear began pushing back the crowd.
The police said on Twitter that rocks were thrown at buses carrying officers.
Police said a man was arrested for damaging a police vehicle. The suspect’s name has not been released.
After the verdict, several businesses and schools in or near downtown St. Louis closed early.
Wells Fargo Advisors, brokerage and investment firm Stifel and Nestle Purina PetCare all sent thousands of employees home.
Several schools also closed early and postponed events scheduled for Friday. An Alzheimer’s Walk scheduled for Saturday in downtown St. Louis was postponed.
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