ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police now say more than 100 people were arrested Sunday, the third day of protests that followed the acquittal of a former police officer accused of killing a black man.
Police originally said more than 80 people were arrested after demonstrators marched into downtown St. Louis late Sunday and toppled large planters, broke windows and threw things at officers. But spokeswoman Leah Freeman said Monday that the arrest total Sunday topped 100. That means that since Friday, about 140 people have been arrested.
Protests began Friday after a judge found Jason Stockley not guilty in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. It was the latest of several cases across the country in which a black person was killed by police.
Meanwhile, two groups are seeking donations for officers working long shifts during protests over the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association and the St. Louis Police Wives Association began taking donations Monday of water, sports drinks, soda, non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items. Both groups also are urging the public to make financial donations.
The union said in a news release that the police wives have made and served more than 4,000 meals since the protests began.
“We Support Our Police” yard signs also are on sale for $10 each.