St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says police moved in to clear protesters last night near the site of a police shooting earlier in the day after crowds had lashed out against police, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He said police fired smoke canisters and tear gas to break up the crowd, in response to bricks, water bottles and other objects being hurled at police. He said he also heard gunshots. Nine arrests were made during the confrontation. He said police are receiving reports of businesses being looted and fires being set in what he referred to as “acts of violence directed at not only to police officers but the neighborhood.” He said some people were protesting but, “There are individuals who want to gain notoriety by acts of violence.”
The killing of an 18-year black man by police in the city's Fountain Park neighborhood ignited protests, with an angry crowd disputing police accounts of the incident. Police say a young black man pointed a gun at officers around 11:30 a.m. after they arrived to serve a search warrant. Two officers, both white men, fired a total of four times. The medical examiner's office identified the man who was shot as Mansur Ball-Bey, 18. The shooting almost immediately attracted protesters, many of whom had gathered downtown to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting of another young black man killed by police.