>> Hundreds of demonstrators at a St Louis area shopping mall, making their voices heard Saturday. During a second day of protests, after a former white police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted of murdering black motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. Reuters correspondent Valerie Volcovici is there.>> I'm at the West County Mall outside of St. Louis, where there's now 200, or maybe more, protesters.
They are chanting shut it down, shut it down, as well as no justice, no profits. An organizer to this rally and this protest, said earlier that the only way to send a message is economically, to get at profit. That sends a signal that they're tired of the status quo.
There was a U2 concert scheduled for this evening, with about 40,000 people expected to show up. It was expected that protesters would converge around that concert, because of the heavy police presence. And also the large crowds there. So because that was cancelled, they're looking for a venue to really get other people engaged and to be in a high volume area.
>> Day side protests were peaceful, compared to clash's between protesters and police overnight. Violence broke out as officers fired tear gas. People broke windows at two restaurants and a library. Some demonstrators threw bricks and water bottles at officers. We told everybody that if you're out there to peacefully protest, we are gonna protect you.
And that's exactly what our law enforcement officers did. We also made it very clear to people, that if you riot, we're gonna cuff you. Nine city officers and a state trooper were injured, and at least 23 people were taken into custody, according to police. Protests like these, calling to mind massive demonstrations and arson in Ferguson, Missouri, back in 2014.
After a white police officer killed 18 year old Michael Brown. Organizers say, they're planning more protests in the St. Louis area over the weekend.