Protests continue into fourth night following Stockley verdict

Protests continued into the fourth night in a row since former police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted of murder charges in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith. (File). 

Demonstrations over the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer in the death of a black man continued Monday night for the fourth straight night in a row.

Several hundred protesters gathered outside the Justice Center in downtown St. Louis to show solidarity with those who remain jailed there after more than 120 arrests Sunday night.

Protesters chanting "free our people" criticized authorities for keeping some of those arrested in jail 20 hours later. Police did not immediately respond to an email seeking the number of people who remain behind bars.

Several people have been arrested during protests sparked by a judge's verdict in the state's case against Jason Stockley. The former police officer, Stockley, had been charged with murdering Anthony Lamar Smith.

Police said 123 people had been arrested Sunday alone.

Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis) has participated in the multi-day protests so far. In an Instagram post, Franks said he does not condone the vandalism that took place in the city Sunday night.

As the protests continued, two groups asked for donations for officers working long shifts. 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.

Governor Eric Greitens released another warning Monday night for protesters.

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