'White Allies Only' rally planned in St. Louis

5 months 15 hours 33 minutes ago Thursday, September 21 2017 Sep 21, 2017 Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:24:00 AM CDT September 21, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on demonstrations after the acquittal of a former St. Louis police officer (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

Hundreds of mostly white protesters gathered Thursday in downtown St. Louis and marched, chanting "white silence is violence" and "no justice, no profits."

The protest was the latest of several since a judge on Friday announced a not-guilty verdict for a white former St. Louis police officer charged in the shooting death of a black suspect. The gathering had been designed to show white support for the protesters' cause.

Demonstrators marched down a busy street to Busch Stadium about an hour before singer Billy Joel was scheduled to perform in front of an estimated 50,000 fans. Metal barriers had been set up around the baseball stadium, and the marchers stood outside the venue chanting.

There was a brief skirmish when it appeared some protesters attempted to get through the barriers.

Marcher Jennifer Sherer of St. Louis said the city remains badly segregated and historically the racial divide has been intentional.

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5:10 p.m.

A couple hundred demonstrators have blocked traffic for about half an hour on the western edge of St. Louis in an unannounced protest of the not-guilty verdict for a white former police officer charged in the shooting death of a black suspect.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the protesters briefly blocked traffic near the southwest corner of Forest Park Thursday afternoon. Police formed a line to keep the protesters from walking onto Interstate 64.

Protest organizers had announced a gathering in the early evening downtown for white supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Protest leader Rev. Darryl Gray said the group will continue to disrupt the economy and the peace until its leaders see changes in the St. Louis Police Department.

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3:30 p.m.

The owner of a St. Louis-area pizzeria chain and a police union leader are seeking to arrange a meeting after the restauranteur's social media criticism of officers led to a boycott and hundreds of angry phone calls.

Pi Pizzeria owner Chris Sommers says his restaurants have received hundreds of "ugly" phone calls since he criticized police on Friday. That was the day former police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted of first-degree murder in the death of a black man, setting off demonstrations.

Sommers posted messages and video critical of the way police responded to protests.

The group Blue Lives Matter posted an account of Sommers' criticism, and many police supporters have made angry calls to Sommers' restaurants.

Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association says he is willing to meet with Sommers. Roorda says the union has suffered backlash, too, including vandalism at its headquarters.

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10:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist is scheduled to appear Sunday at a rally in St. Louis, a city still in the midst of protests following the acquittal of a white former police officer in the shooting death of a black man.

Protest organizer Cori Bush declined Thursday to speculate whether protesters will gather at Steve Bannon's appearance.

Bannon is scheduled to receive an award Sunday from Phyllis Schlafly's Eagles, a spinoff of the conservative think tank Eagle Forum. He is later expected to appear at the organization's "Put America First Rally."

A spokeswoman for Phyllis Schlafly's Eagles says the rally was planned long before the spate of protests that began Friday, when a judge found Jason Stockley not guilty in the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

Schlafly was a conservative icon who died last year at the age of 92.

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10:30 a.m.

Protesters held up a banner, yelled and projected a video showing officers arresting St. Louis protesters during a meeting to gather public input about the search for a new police chief.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that about 120 people attended a forum at a recreation complex involving members of a citizen advisory committee. The forum was planned before a judge last week acquitted a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.

Former Chief Sam Dotson retired five months ago as Mayor Lyda Krewson was sworn into office. Lawrence O'Toole has been serving as interim chief.

Richard Buthod was among the speakers. He told the committee that people are getting "anxious" and "impatient," but that it is important to pick a replacement "right," not "fast."

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9:50 a.m.

Another protest is planned for Thursday evening in St. Louis, but this time, the demonstrators are expected to be largely white.

Organizers have called a "White Allies Only" rally for 6:30 p.m. at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis. Protest organizer Cori Bush says the goal is to show that there are many white people who support the Black Lives Matter movement.

The protest is the latest of several since last Friday, when a judge acquitted former police officer Jason Stockley, who is white, in the 2011 shooting death of a black man, 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.

The Thursday night protest is set to take place just blocks from Busch Stadium, where Billy Joel is scheduled to perform. Busch Stadium officials say security plans are in place but have declined to offer specific details.

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