Spray-painting protesters clash with police in downtown St. Loui - KMOV.com

Spray-painting protesters clash with police in downtown St. Louis

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By Eric Lorenz By Eric Lorenz

(KMOV.com) -- A group of protesters were arrested in downtown St. Louis late Thursday night after they reportedly spray-painted slogans on a bank building and fought with police officers.

Police said the clash happened in the area of 10th and Olive streets about the same time the Cardinals game let out.  

Authorities said the protesters were marching downtown when one individual stopped to spray paint graffiti on the outside of the Fifth Third Bank. Two blocks away, at 826 Olive, The People's National Bank was also vandlized.

A police official said the property manager at the Fifth Third Bank came out to stop the protester, but he was assaulted by the vandal.  An officer in the area witnessed the scuffle and assisted the manager.  As the officer was attempting to take the vandal into custody, two other suspects punched that officer and another officer who responded to the scene. One of the officers suffered some sort of hand injury and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Before being noticed, the vandal(s) had spray-painted various phrases on the outside of the bank buildings.  Some of the phrases were profane.  At this time, it is not known if the same person defaced both buildings.
After police got control of the scene, a total of 10 people ended up in handcuffs.  Charges have not yet been filed.
According to reports, the protesters are not affiliated with any larger group or the Occupy movement.  Witnesses said there were perhaps three dozen people involved in the demonstration and they were protesting police violence.
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