Small group turns violent in The Loop

 ksdk.com  9/17/2017 4:18:45 AM 

Hundreds of protesters marched through the Loop on Saturday night in a demonstration that was peaceful.

ST. LOUIS - One day after 33 arrests were made during the demonstrations in downtown St. Louis and the Central West End, protests continued into Saturday in St. Louis.

Most of the day, protesters convened at different spots around the metro area, chanting in parks and in malls. Around 7 p.m. a large group gathered at the Delmar Loop. For a couple hours, the group remained peaceful, marching and chanting in the streets.

Among the crowd was Nick Cannon, former host of NBC's America's Got Talent. Cannon was wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who caused controversy for kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Around 9 p.m., organizers announced to the crowd that they deemed the protest a success, citing zero arrests reported for the entirety of the day. The crowd dispersed shortly thereafter.

About an hour later, a smaller, separate crowd gathered at the intersection of Delmar Boulevard and Leland Avenue. A police line formed once the tension between demonstrators and police grew. One person reportedly threw red paint on the shield an officer was holding.

As protesters and police clashed, one of the windows in the nearby Starbucks was broken. Several other businesses and cars were also vandalized as police moved in on the crowd. 5 On Your Side's Jacob Long tweeted, "Almost every storefront in the Loop is destroyed."

Police announced the demonstration was no longer a lawful assembly and asked the protesters to disperse. Several arrests were made as businesses were being targeted, although no number has yet been given.

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