Raw: Spray-painting protesters clash with police in downtown St. Louis
By Eric Lorenz
ST. LOUIS (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 they stopped to spray paint graffiti on the outside of the Fifth Third Bank. Two blocks away, at 826 Olive, they also vandalized The People's National Bank.
A police official said the property manager at the Fifth Third Bank came out to stop the protesters, but he was assaulted by the vandals. By the time police arrived, the protesters had sprayed various slurs and slogans on the outside of the bank buildings. Some of the phrases were profain.
When a News 4 crew arrived on the scene, officers had eight to 10 people in plastic cuffs sitting on the roadside. The protesters said they were demonstrating against police violence. 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.
There is no word on charges against those who were arrested.
One officer was injured during the clash. That officer was taken to an area hospital to be treated for a hand injury.
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