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Protesters call for independent probe into police tactics

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Protesters near the intersection of Broadway and Walnut on Tuesday night. Credit: KMOV Protesters near the intersection of Broadway and Walnut on Tuesday night. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

For the twelfth straight day, protests were held in response to the verdict in the Jason Stockley trial.

Protesters gathered in Kiener Plaza around 6:00 p.m. before they walked south on Broadway and demonstrated outside Ballpark Village. Protesters chanted “No Justice! No Baseball!”

Demonstrators later blocked the intersection of Broadway and Walnut and then walked north on Broadway. Protesters then started to march west on Washington Avenue before they blocked the intersection of Tucker and Washington.

A 'die in' was later held at the intersection of Broadway and Market.

Police said they have been diverting traffic away from demonstrators. Authorities said no arrests were made.

Earlier in the day, people crowded into the St. Louis County Council chambers to voice objections to police actions at a protest at the Galleria on Saturday. Police say 22 people were arrested at the mall.

Many people stepped up to the microphone to voice their displeasure with the police, some saying officers never gave demonstrators a fair warning to leave and added that police ramped up the violence. Police have disputed the accusations that they were out of line.

Some, including a Missouri State Representative, are calling for an independent investigation into police actions at the mall.

Earlier in St. Louis City, south St. Louis Alderman Larry Arnowitz, and others objected to having his name added to a resolution in memory of Anthony Lamar Smith, the man shot and killed by former officer Jason Stockley. The resolution was passed by the Board of Aldermen on Friday.

Arnowitz said he thinks his name was inadvertently added to the resolution.

"I understand the resolution for a grieving mother, but my question would have been where are the other hundred mothers whose children who have been killed on streets innocently just by being caught in gunfire," Arnowitz said.

Another alderman told News 4 it is doubtful any names can be removed from the resolution that it has passed.

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