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Protesters block traffic, march in streets of downtown St. Louis

Protesters block traffic, march in streets of downtown St. Louis”

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday afternoon that musician Ed Sheeran will make his Busch Stadium debut on September 6, 2018.

Protesters chanting "white silence is violence" marched through downtown St. Louis Thursday night for a "White Allies Only" rally in the wake of the acquittal of a white police officer for fatally shooting a black man. That decision was issued Friday.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show go on sale Friday, October 20.

The few hundred strong crowd gathered two blocks away from the stadium and peacefully made their way south, regrouping at the stadium under the close watch of police. "They're not getting the justice they deserve", she said.

One protestor, Alexandria Lane-Detwiler of Chesterfield, said "I can't sit at home in my privilege and not come out", according to the Post-Dispatch.

Hours earlier, officials had taken precautions to prevent potential protests from disrupting the concert. The marchers were kept outside the barricades. Sheeran added the Gateway City to his 2018 North American stadium tour, which includes Seattle, Wa.; Toronto, Ont.; Foxboro, Ma; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Kansas City, Mo., among others.

Earlier Thursday, a crowd of about 200 protesters briefly blocked traffic at Skinker Boulevard and Clayton Road on the western edge of the city. After about 30 minutes, the protesters moved off the street and into nearby Forest Park. Some protesters smashed windows and threw items at police during those nights.

Protesters included the Rev. Darryl Gray, chairman of the Social Justice Committee of the Missionary Baptist State Convention.

He says clergy are supportive of the protest.

A St. Louis County outlet mall is being targeted by protesters one week after a judge acquitted a former police officer in the shooting death of a black man.



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