For the third night in a row, protests in St. Louis turned violent Sunday over the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer in the killing of a black suspect.
Shortly before 9 p.m., the St. Louis Police Department alerted on Twitter that a growing number of incidents of property damage made it clear that “this is no longer a peaceful protest.”
Police in full riot protection gear in downtown St. Louis began attempting to disperse what police called “an unruly crowd.”
Multiple arrests were under way by 9:30 p.m. and police were warning travelers to avoid the downtown area.
More than 1,000 protesters had marched downtown for about three hours Sunday afternoon and into the early evening when organizers announced the demonstration was over. But many people remained.