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Protests Turn Violent in St. Louis Following Not Guilty Verdict

Violence erupts after the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former police officer, who was charged with the shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.

Protesters yell at law enforcement officers outside the old courthouse steps on Sept. 15, 2017 in downtown St. Louis, after a judge found a white former St. Louis police officer, Jason Stockley, not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a black man, Anthony Lamar Smith, who was fatally shot following a high-speed chase in 2011.

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Protesters march through the city streets following a not guilty verdict.

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A protester holds the U.S. flag upside down, in protest, as he gathers with others in St. Louis.

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Members of National Park Service watch as protesters pass the Old Courthouse after the not guilty verdict was announced. Whitney Curtis / Reuters
A man holds a rifle as he walks with a group of fellow protesters carrying weapons in downtown St. Louis. Jeff Roberson / AP

A woman holds a U.S. flag upside down, in protest.

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St. Louis police stand-off with protesters after the not guilty verdict of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. Whitney Curtis / Reuters
Protesters are blocked by police as they attempt to walk down a ramp to Interstate 64. Whitney Curtis / Reuters

A protester raises his arm in the air while marching with others at dusk.

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Demonstrators confront police on Sept. 16. Scott Olson / Getty Images
A protester is sprayed with mace by riot police after reportedly throwing a chair through a window of a business during the second night of demonstrations. Lawrence Bryant / Reuters
A worker cleans up broken glass from a window smashed during the protest. Scott Olson / Getty Images
Police arrest a demonstrator. Scott Olson / Getty Images
Police officers detain a demonstrator who was pepper sprayed in the face. Joshua Lott / Reuters
Police officers watch as people march. Joshua Lott / Reuters
Demonstrators confront police. Scott Olson / Getty Images
Workers clean up broken glass from a window smashed during the protest. Scott Olson / Getty Images
Protests continued into Sunday, Sept. 17, after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley. Joshua Lott / Reuters
A man throws a rock through a window in protest. Jeff Roberson / AP
Police chase people who were reportedly vandalizing property as demonstrators march. Jeff Roberson / AP
Bystanders watch police officers in riot gear and demonstrators as they continue to protest. Joshua Lott / Reuters
Police officers watch a demonstrator as she confronts them. Joshua Lott / Reuters
Police make an arrest. Jeff Roberson / AP
A woman is sent to the hospital. Dane Iwata / Xinhua via ZUMA Press
Demonstrators are flooded by patrol car lights. Joshua Lott / Reuters