St. Louis Police: 10 law enforcement officers injured in protests

Demonstrators blocked traffic on Kingshighway near Barnes Hospital Friday night.

ST. LOUIS, MO- In a late night briefing posted on a social media platform, interim St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson updated the public on the status of protests in the area which lasted all day Friday following the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of former police officer Jason Stockley.

In a video posted on Periscope, O’Toole¬† said his “officers have been very tolerant and have used great restraint” in the face of protests that have been peaceful but at times have turned violent downtown and in the city’s Central West End. Nine St. Louis police officers and a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper have been injured, with Chief O’Toole indicating injuries ranging from a possible broken jaw to a dislocated shoulder. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

Protest activity in the Central West End focused on Mayor Krewson’s home, which saw windows broken and paint thrown at it. There is also damage reported at a Culpepper’s restaurant and the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library.

According to police, there were a total of 23 arrests by 6pm Friday, with 32 in custody by 1:30am Saturday.¬† Police made a point of distinguishing between demonstrators who were largely peaceful, and “agitators” who were behind property damage and the assaults on law enforcement.