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ST. LOUIS, MO — LOUIS – The St. Louis Police Officers Association will be opening its doors Monday in order to accept supplies from anyone wishing to support its officers.  The association is looking for bottled water, beef jerky and other non-perishable items for its officers.

“They are working 12 hour shifts with days off canceled and wearing very heavy protective gear on what ended up being a pretty warm day yesterday,” said the association’s business manager Jeff Roorda.

He described officers as being anxious and senses a mood similar to how officers felt during the unrest in Ferguson.

“They don’t know what the day or the weekend holds for them,” said Roorda.

There were 11 law enforcement injuries following Friday’s protesting, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  A statement from police indicated most of the protests were peaceful but took a different turn after dark when agitators took things in a different direction.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released a photo showing some of the objects striking officers.  The photo included images of a brick, rocks and water bottles.