*Angry protests have erupted for a second night in the Shaw neighborhood of St Louis after an off-duty white police officer shot and killed a black teenager, Vonderrit Myers Jr., 18, whose family says was unarmed. However, the policeman claims he fired three shots at him.
Following loud protests Wednesday night, demonstrations resumed Thursday evening when about 200 chanting people marched and stopped traffic not far from the scene where Meyers was shot.
Protesters held signs that said, “We will not forget,” and “Don’t Shoot.”
By about 11:30 p.m. CT, the protesters had dwindled to about 15, as crowds went home for the night.
A couple of hours earlier, police and protesters clashed on Arsenal Street and Grand Boulevard, about a mile and half from where Myers was shot. Officers in riot gear carrying batons, protective helmets and body shields surrounded demonstrators. Some officers maced protesters, who coughed and choked as they inhaled the chemicals. At least one protester was arrested after being dragged off the ground screaming.
Earlier Thursday evening, dozens of protesters entered a quiet residential area on Flora Place near the shooting. There, they screamed, “No justice, no sleep.” A few moments later, a protester threw an object at a home shattering a glass window.
A man at the apartment declined to give his name, but said he supports the protesters’ cause although he was angered that they would damage property during their demonstrations.
“The message gets lost when this happens,” he said, shaking his head.
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