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Clashes in St. Louis after ex-cop acquitted

A file photo of Anthony Lamar Smith with his daughter.

A file photo of Anthony Lamar Smith with his daughter.   | Photo Credit: AP

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Officer ‘not guilty’ of killing black man

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets during clashes with protesters in St. Louis early on Saturday after a white former policeman was acquitted of murdering a black suspect.

A peaceful rally over Friday’s not guilty verdict turned violent after police confronted a small group of demonstrators — three years after the shooting of another black suspect in the nearby suburb of Ferguson stirred nationwide anger and debate.

Officers fired tear gas as people broke windows at a library and two restaurants and threw bricks and water bottles at officers. Protesters also threw rocks and paint at the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, said Acting Police Commissioner Lawrence O’Toole.

Nine city officers and a state trooper were injured and at least 23 people were taken into custody, he said.

Former city policeman Jason Stockley, 36, was found not guilty of the first-degree murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, shot to death on December 2011.

After the ruling, around 600 protesters marched from the courthouse through St. Louis.

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