“It Burns So Bad!” St. Louis Protesters Pepper Sprayed By Police While Preparing For “Ferguson October”

October 13, 2014  |  

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From BlackVoices

Police officers, some of them outfitted in riot gear, clashed with hundreds of angry protesters early Friday morning in a St. Louis neighborhood where a black teenager had been killed by an off-duty police officer this week.

Some demonstrators in the crowd burned American flags, smashed the windows of cars and businesses, and allegedly threw a knife at a police officer on the scene, striking him in his body vest. At several points, gunshots could be heard in the distance.

It was the second night in a row that protesters came out following the Wednesday shooting death of Vonderrit Myers Jr., an 18-year-old who was facing weapons charges and wearing an ankle monitor. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has said that investigators found a gun on the scene and evidence that at least three shots had been fired in the direction of the officer. The demonstrations came ahead of a weekend of planned protests in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed 18-year-old, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9. Organizers predict that thousands of people from across the nation will gather to participate in “Ferguson October,” a series of events surrounding Brown’s death and the broader issues it has raised. The headline event is a march scheduled for Saturday morning in downtown St. Louis.

Read more about the protests at BlackVoices.com 

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