(KMOV.com) – Two police cars and a business were damaged Thursday night on Grand Avenue after another night of protests in south St. Louis.
Around 200 to 300 protesters began moving towards the intersection of Grand Avenue and Lafayette early Thursday evening. Protesters later moved south near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Flora Court.
A section of Grand Avenue was closed during the night because protesters were walking into the street.
News 4's Matt Sczesny was on Grand Avenue and reported some protesters were hit with pepper spray near the intersection of Grand and Arsenal.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said someone threw a knife at a police officer, the handle of the knife struck the officer before and landed on the ground. He also said protestors surrounded a police vehicle and made threats against officers, which brought a heavy police presence to the area.
Dotson said police showed restraint throughout the evening but stressed police and protestors need to respect one another.
According to police, eight people were arrested during the victim disobedience. Police say one person was arrested for possession of Marijuana, five were arrested for unlawful assembly and two were arrested for property damage.
Authorities say one officer was hit in the arm with a brick during the evening.
Police stayed in the area overnight to protect businesses and residents.
A majority of Grand Avenue near Interstate 44 was closed until early Friday.
The protesters were demonstrating after an officer shot Vonderrit Myers, Jr. Myers was shot Wednesday night near the intersection of Shaw Avenue and Klemm Avenue