Protesters clashed with police at a St. Louis gas station convenience store early Sunday, hours after a peaceful day of marches and rallies marking two months since the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. A group of about 200 marched on a QT (QuikTrip) in the Grove district, where some briefly staged a sit-in. A police car was attacked, prompting at least 10 arrests, and tear gas was released to disperse the crowd.
St Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said on Twitter to say that protesters were “throwing rocks” at officers and that arrests had been made for “continued illegal behavior.” The St. Louis Metropolitcan Police Department said its officers arrested 17 people for unlawful assembly in the QuickTrip parking lot. The St. Louis County Police Department said its officers made no arrests, despite "a few occasions of assaultive behavior directed toward officers."
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Protesters later went online to mock Dotsom using the hashtag #tweetlikethechief.
On Saturday, a “Justice for All” march in the city’s downtown culminated in a rally — both aimed at protesting Brown’s death by a white officer and other acts of police brutality in the St. Louis region and across the country.
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