After three hours of marching and chanting in and near a popular entertainment district in the St. Louis suburb of University City, most protesters disbanded with plans to gather and demonstrate again Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. A small group decided to stay, sparking a tense protest with police. Many windows were broken as the final group of demonstrators fled the area.
Police had maintained a heavy presence, including a helicopter overhead, but never deployed officers during the peaceful march Saturday evening.
The quiet evening came after Friday night’s marches, where there was sporadic vandalism and violence. Some in the group went to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home and broke a window and splattered paint. A heavy police contingent responded and eventually broke up that group with tear gas.
It appears organizers are telling marchers to go home. Waiting on more images and info.
Organized march down Delmar over, UCity police report no arrests, no property damage. Many protesters have dispersed, small groups linger
— David Carson (@PDPJ) September 17, 2017
A majority of the protesters (including me) left around 930/10p.
— Tishaura O. Jones (@tishaura) September 17, 2017