Protesters, police clash in CWE; tear gas deployed, bricks throw - KMOV.com

Officers hospitalized as protests turn violent; tear gas deployed, bricks thrown

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A protester throws a tear gas canister during a protest in the Central West End Friday night after the Jason Stockley verdict is announced. Credit: KMOV A protester throws a tear gas canister during a protest in the Central West End Friday night after the Jason Stockley verdict is announced. Credit: KMOV
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Police say Mayor Lyda Krewson's home was vandalized Friday night. Credit: KMOV Police say Mayor Lyda Krewson's home was vandalized Friday night. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Protests turned violent late Friday night as demonstrators and officers clashed in the Central West End.

Two officers were taken to the hospital after being hit by bricks, and a third was injured but refused treatment. 

In total, police say nine officers were injured throughout the day. The injuries include a broken jaw and a shoulder injury, police say. A Missouri State Trooper was also injured, authorities said.

The altercation began when a group of protesters converged on Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home and threw rocks and broke windows, as well as splashed red paint on the building.

Police responded immediately and cleared protesters from the property. The crowd was pressed further and further back from the home, and officers warned anyone who did not comply with orders would be arrested. 

Tear gas was later deployed as more than 100 officers gathered in riot gear and gas masks in the area around Krewson's home. Flashbangs were deployed to disperse the crowd and protesters threw objects at the advancing a police line, including tear gas canisters. 

Altercations continued between the crowd and officers as the protesters moved throughout the Central West End. 

After midnight, police began pushing protesters down Euclid, and members of the crowd threw rocks in response. Many struck passenger vehicles and buses. 

Demonstrators smashed windows at the St. Louis Public Library at Euclid and Lindell, vandalizing walls and throwing books on the floor. 

Police said damage was reported at Culpeppers on Euclid.

Crowds originally gathered at Maryland Plaza at 7 p.m. to organize and begin another march; in similar numbers demonstrations earlier in the day. 

The protests traveled south down Kingshighway, shutting down both directions of the roadway near Barnes Jewish Hospital. The protest crowds grew in number as they returned to the business area. There was no violence reported until Mayor Krewson's house was vandalized around 9:30 p.m. 

Police said 32 people were arrested throughout the entire day.

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