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80 arrested in third night of protests in St. Louis

Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown St. Louis on Sunday in a third day of demonstrations over the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man. The crowd passed near police headquarters and later walked through the St. Louis University campus. About 100 people stayed around near the police building, chanting, "the whole damn system is guilty as hell."

The former officer, Jason Stockley, had been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011, but was acquitted on Friday. Small groups of people turned violent for the third straight night after the larger, peaceful protests were completed, and police arrested 80 people.