ST. LOUIS – More protests in St. Louis resulted in hundreds of demonstrators lining up outside the St. Louis Justice Center Monday night. A large group began arriving just after 7pm. They stayed for more than two hours. The demonstrators stood through several rounds of rain.
“Free our people,” they chanted repeatedly. Organizers also took up a collection in an effort to bail out protesters who have been arrested.
Some protestors feel the public should have a greater say in the way officer involved shootings are investigated. They do not feel the shooting Anthony Lamar Smith was justified.
Police blocked off Tucker Blvd from Clark Avenue to Market Street during the demonstration. But, there were no confrontations between police and protestors.
A few blocks away the Downtown Neighborhood Association held a block party in an area vandalized Sunday night. Artists pained various designs on the wood used to board up broken windows on Olive Street. One of the organizers said she’s also been protesting.
“We wanted to get people are out here working together, talking, having dialogue and just to make it a little more positive night tonight,” she said. “We want to look to that bigger brighter future where everybody truly has a fair chance at equality in life.”