FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Three people were arrested following a protest outside the Florissant Police Department Friday night.

Officials said people were throwing objects at the department's headquarters causing extensive damage. Several officers were struck after the crowd ignored orders to leave.

A spokesperson with the Florissant Police Department said officers used mace on protesters when they refused to break apart after getting orders. One protester who was there on Friday said things only got tense when officers in riot gear came toward protesters. 

"You know, when people are starting to get trampled, they start falling back and stuff. When people fell backwards, they basically grabbed them up and that made people more mad," Donzell Clark said. 

The three arrests were for assault, property damage and peace disturbance.

Unlike Friday night, Saturday's protest was peaceful. The crowd stood on the sidewalk and did not block traffic. No arrest were made Saturday.

For weeks, demonstrators surrounded the Florissant Police Department after a doorbell video showed an officer in an unmarked police car strike an unarmed man and then take him to the ground.

[Watch: 2nd video shows the moment a Florissant police officer hit an unarmed man with patrol car]

Former detective Joshua Smith is facing multiple charges in connection to the assault.

Protesters returned to the streets on Saturday and some said they're not there just because of the incident with the Florissant police officer, they're there to bring attention to the bigger scope of racism in the St. Louis area and the nation. 

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