The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department arrested 143 people protesting Jason Stockley’s acquittal Tuesday night after they blocked a section of Interstate 64 in St. Louis. It’s the latest demonstration after a judge found Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, on Sept. 15. Demonstrators have been demanding police officers stop killing black people throughout St. Louis.
After meeting in a parking lot near a Central West End grocery store, dozens of people drove eastbound on I-64 toward Compton Avenue. Protesters then got onto the highway and blocked traffic. They linked arms and started marching, eventually leaving the highway at the Jefferson Avenue exit.
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