‘NO JUSTICE, NO BILLY JOEL!’: LEFTISTS CRASH SINGER’S ST. LOUIS CONCERT, BLOCK TRAFFIC, HARASS CONCERT GOERS
Protesters block traffic, march in streets of downtown St. Louis outside of Billy Joel concert.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Hundreds of protesters gathered at Kiener Plaza before the Billy Joel concert Thursday to protest the verdict in the Jason Stockley trial.
Protesters begin to assemble around 6:30 p.m. Around 7:10 p.m., protesters began to march down Broadway towards Busch Stadium.
Demonstrators then stopped outside ballpark barricades along Broadway and chanted “white silence is violence” and “no justice, no profits.” The protesters later blocked the intersection of Market and Broadway
- Black Lives Matter protesters march through Cheshire Inn knocking on room doors while chanting.
- Protesters were chanting “No Justice, No Profits!”
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) –
A small group of protesters gathered in Forest Park before they walked over to the Cheshire Inn Thursday, police said.
People began to gather in the park around 3:00 p.m. Protesters briefly blocked the intersection of Clayton and Skinker.
They also walked over to the Cheshire Inn and went inside. Police said a water bottle with an unknown substance was thrown.
Authorities said the group cleared the area after two orders to disperse were given.
- “Raúl was taken into custody in front of Trump Tower for civil disobedience along with Rep. Gutierrez and Rep. Espaillat.”
Via Fox News:
Three Democratic congressmen were arrested outside Trump Tower after protesting the president’s immigration policies in New York City on Tuesday.
Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez and New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat were taken into custody by police, according to Grijalva’s campaign Twitter account and a Gutiérrez aide.
Grijalva’s account tweeted that “Raúl was taken into custody in front of Trump Tower for civil disobedience along with Rep. Gutierrez and Rep. Espaillat.”
Douglas Rivlin, Gutiérrez’s communications director, confirmed that the congressman was arrested.
Photos taken at the scene and posted on social media show the Democrats, all of whom are Latino, sitting in the street.
The lawmakers were part of a group protesting the president’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that shields young illegal immigrants who entered the country as children from deportation.
PHOTOS! ST. LOUIS: 2ND NIGHT VIOLENT PROTEST IN DELMAR LOOP, BROKEN WINDOWS, OBJECTS THROWN AT COPS ( VIDEO )
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protests turned violent for the second night on Saturday after the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man, as a small group of demonstrators refused to disperse, breaking windows and throwing objects at police, who moved in with armored vehicles and in riot gear.
The confrontation took place in the Delmar Loop of the St. Louis suburb of University City — known for concert venues, restaurants, shops and bars and including the famous Blueberry Hill where rock legend Chuck Berry played for many years. The area had been the scene of a peaceful march earlier in the evening that ended with organizers calling for people to leave and reconvene Sunday afternoon.
But a small group of protesters refused to go. Hundreds of police in riot gear eventually moved in and ordered them to disperse, saying the protest was unlawful. The demonstrators retreated down a street, breaking windows and throwing objects at police.
Some protesters were seen in handcuffs but the number of arrests was not immediately known.
The sudden eruption of violence had followed a day of peaceful demonstrations at suburban shopping malls and during the march in University City.
Demonstrators shouted slogans such as “black lives matter” and “it is our duty to fight for our freedom” as they marched through West County Center mall in the city of Des Peres, west of St. Louis, to decry the judge’s verdict Friday clearing ex-officer Jason Stockley of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. A group also demonstrated at Chesterfield Mall in the suburbs and at a regional food festival.
ST. LOUIS PROTEST: MACY’S CLOSE THEIR DOORS, MALL SHUT DOWN, U2 AND ED SHEERAN CONCERTS CANCELLED – VIDEO/ PHOTOS
Macy’s and other stores at West County Mall, St. Louis close their doors as 300 BLM protesters march inside ( why protest inside a private property? ). Police responded by increasing its presence as West County Mall temporarily shutdown but reopened later.
Fox News Correspondent Griff Jenkins reported, “Protesters take to a local mall chanting ‘No Justice, No Profits’”
Ed Sheeran and U2 have both cancelled their St Louis concerts as police may not be able to protect the audience from angry left-wing protesters.
The protest is about the acquittal of white cop Jason Stockley who was cleared of murdering black drug dealer Anthony Smith in 2011 on Friday after years of anticipation.
Many believe Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car after he shot him six times following a high-speed car chase. The weapon had none of the dead man’s DNA on it but Stockey’s fingerprints were picked up.
Related link: Ed Sheeran and U2 BOTH cancel their concerts in St Louis: Fears of a second night of violent protests as hundreds of activists storm mall over acquittal of white cop who shot dead black suspect
A protester stands on a ‘blue lives matter’ flag last night
4 COPS INJURED, MAYOR’S HOME ATTACKED, REPORTERS THREATENED, BUSINESSES SHUT DOWN, 13 ARRESTS IN ST. LOUIS VERDICT PROTEST
- St. Louis police say four officers have been injured, 13 arrested
- Several businesses and schools in or near downtown St. Louis closed early after a judge’s verdict acquitting a white police officer in the death of black motorist was announced
- Some journalists covering demonstrations in downtown St. Louis say they have been the targets of threats and violence from protesters.
- Protesters have broken a front window and splattered red paint at St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home
Protesters have broken a front window and splattered red paint at St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home, and police have responded in force, using tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Several hundred chanting protesters marched to the house Friday night following the earlier acquittal of a former police officer in a 2011 shooting death. Two rang the doorbell but no one responded.
After the window was broken, police in bullet-proof vests and helmets arrived and demanded that the protesters get off the lawn and out of the street in front of the house.
Several dozen more officers with shields and full riot gear later arrived and forced the protesters down the street toward another equally large group of police in full riot gear. One man resisted and was arrested.
Shortly before the window was broken one of the protesters said over a bullhorn, “we think we have the right house.”
Protesters have moved to the upscale Central West End section of St. Louis, where a large group is marching through streets chanting as people look on from restaurants and the windows of hospitals lining busy Kingshighway.
The group is attempting to march onto Interstate 64 via a nearby entrance, but a large contingent of police is blocking the path.
The trendy neighborhood includes Missouri’s largest hospital, Barnes-Jewish, along with the Washington University Medical School, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and dozens of tech firms.
Police have blocked the entrance to nearby Forest Park to prevent protesters from disrupting an event that’s part of the Great Forest Park Balloon Race.
Some journalists covering demonstrations in downtown St. Louis over a former police officer’s acquittal in a 2011 shooting say they have been the targets of threats and violence from protesters.
A freelance videographer for The Associated Press said a protester approached him Friday, took his camera and threw it to the ground, breaking the view finder. Later in the day while he was using a different camera, he said he was surrounded by six men who told him to put the camera away or he’d be beaten.
Also Friday, a reporter for KTVI in St. Louis reported that a protester taunted him about the media, drawing a crowd. The reporter described the group as being angry and in his face, and said three water bottles were thrown at him.
St. Louis police say they have made 13 arrests and that four officers have been injured in protests following the not-guilty verdict of a former white police officer charged with murder in the death of a black suspect.
St. Louis interim police Chief Lawrence O’Toole told reporters that none of the officers injured Friday was hospitalized. One had an injured hand, one was hit by a bike, one was pinned by a bike, and one was struck by a water bottle.
Several businesses and schools in or near downtown St. Louis closed early after a judge’s verdict acquitting a white police officer in the death of black motorist was announced.
Wells Fargo Advisors, brokerage and investment firm Stifel and Nestle Purina PetCare all sent thousands of employees home Friday after a judge acquitted former officer Jason Stockley in the death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.
Activists were gathering downtown to protest the verdict and officials were concerned about the potential for unrest.
Several schools also closed early and postponed events scheduled for Friday.
And an Alzheimer’s Walk scheduled for Saturday in downtown St. Louis was postponed.
A judge has acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a black man following a high-speed chase in 2011.
Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson issued his ruling Friday against 36-year-old Jason Stockley. Stockley could have been sentenced to up to life in prison without parole had he been convicted.
Stockley shot 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith five times after a high-speed chase. Stockley says he saw Smith holding a gun before the chase began, and that he felt he was in imminent danger when he opened fire.
Prosecutors alleged that Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car after he shot him. A gun in the car had the officer’s DNA on it, but not Smith’s.
Stockley left the police force in 2013 and moved to Houston.
- 13 arrests, 4 injuries to Officers in Violent St.Louis Protests After Ex-Cop Acquittal
Police Use Tear Gas after Mayor’s Home Vandalized
VIDEO: CAR HITS TRANS LIVES MATTER PROTESTERS AFTER BLOCKING STREET, SURROUND AND HIT HIS CAR WITH FLAG POLE
- Police: The protesters surrounded the vehicle and began striking it with their hands and a flag pole. Several protesters also kicked and jumped on top of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle (white male) proceeded to drive away when three protesters ( 2 white females and 1 white male) fell from the vehicle
- Trans Lives Matter protest for Kenneth “Kiwi” Herring: Killed by cops after he/she “flourished a knife and slashed at the officers, slicing one officer on the arm,”
- Police response drew ire because they initially described the deceased as a 30-year-old man. Herring, friends and family say, identified as a woman.
From Riverfront Times:
A vigil to honor Kenneth “Kiwi” Herring, a transgender woman killed by police in north St. Louis Wednesday, turned ugly tonight when an impatient driver refused to stop for protesters, hitting three of them.
Carson tweeted, “Car just drove through protesters on Manchester, few injuries not major, only scrapes. Driver fled police chased not pulling over.”
Schron Jackson, a police spokeswoman, said the driver was taken into custody on a charge of felony fleeing.
Jackson emailed us,
Tonight, a group of protesters marched from the Transgender Memorial to the intersection of Manchester and Sarah were they blocked traffic in all directions. A vehicle approached, stopped, honked its horn and attempted to drive around the protesters.
The protesters surrounded the vehicle and began striking it with their hands and a flag pole. Several protesters also kicked and jumped on top of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle (white male) proceeded to drive away when three protesters ( 2 white females and 1 white male) fell from the vehicle. The three protesters reported minor injuries, but refused medical attention on the scene.
Police attempted to stop driver of vehicle who initially refused to stop. He stopped about a block away from the incident and was taken into custody for felony fleeing. The incident was captured on video. The investigation is ongoing.
Shaken attendees took to social media. Some shared the license plate of a black Mercedes sedan that they said was involved.
Herring was shot to death by St. Louis police officers early Tuesday in north St. Louis. They say they received reports of a domestic dispute and arrived to find a 30-year-old man badly cut around the face, arms and torso. Police allege that Herring, also 30, was armed with a large kitchen knife and swung at officers — and that they then shot her.
Kristy Thompson, 28, was taken into police custody. Police say she was also involved in the attack on the 30-year-old male victim.
But the police response drew ire because they initially described the deceased as a 30-year-old man. Herring, friends and family say, identified as a woman.
The city’s LGBTQ community paid tribute yesterday, even as others criticized the language in the initial police reports (and later media coverage).