Fires, tear gas, arrests after St. Louis police fatally shoot teen
After a night of turmoil, all was quiet Thursday morning on Walton Avenue.
A car that had been set on fire Wednesday night at 1154 Walton was still smoldering after 7 a.m. Thursday, and police arrived and used a fire extinguisher to put it out.
They had a tow truck take the car away. School buses and other morning traffic passed by the scene. No protesters were out. No curious onlookers either.
Here is an account of what happened overnight:
FIRES SET NEAR SITE OF SHOOTING: 9:30 p.m.
DOTSON SAYS POLICE ACTED TO BREAK UP CROWD AFTER BEING THREATENED: 9:45 p.m
VACANT HOUSE ON FIRE: 9:55 p.m.
PROTEST OBSERVERS CLAIM POLICE REACTION TOO AGGRESSIVE: 10:35 p.m.
PROTESTERS BURN AMERICAN FLAG: 10:50 p.m.
The killing of an 18-year black man by St. Louis police in the city’s Fountain Park neighborhood once again ignited protests Wednesday, with an angry crowd disputing police accounts of the incident.
Two officers, both white men, fired a total of four times.
The St. Louis Medical Examiner’s office identified the man who was shot as #Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, of the 1200 block of Redman Boulevard.
The shooting almost immediately attracted protesters, many of whom had gathered downtown Wednesday morning to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting of another young black man killed by police.
By evening, police fired smoke canisters to break up crowds near the site of the shooting. Police closed off access to the area for a five block radius, with dozens of police vehicles congregated on Page Boulevard east of the site. At around 9 p.m. a car was seen on fire near the intersection of Page and Vernon.
Some of those who gathered to hear Police Chief Sam Dotson speak Wednesday afternoon grew angry at his account. As the crowd grew, so did the tension with officers, who arrived in large numbers. At least three people were taken into custody after police in SWAT gear and an armored vehicle told the crowd to disperse.
At least two officers were pelted with plastic water bottles during the tense few hours after the shooting.
“Fearing for their safety, two officers fired their weapons,” the police account of the shooting says. Police said there were other people in the house that were taken into custody, but did not specify how many.
As is routine, the two officers involved in the fatal shooting have been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.