Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Police Union Hall Vandalized; 'They're Trying to Intimidate Us,' Union Leader Says

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Police Union Hall Vandalized; 'They're Trying to Intimidate Us,' Union Leader Says

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ST. LOUIS * Two windows at the St. Louis Police Officers' Association headquarters were broken, graffiti was spray-painted on the building and a private security vehicle was damaged sometime Monday night or early Tuesday, according to union officials.

Union leaders have responded with a message on the plywood now covering the broken windows: "We're open, We won't be defeated."

"Here's your peaceful protests," Jeff Roorda, the union's business manager, said of the vandalism. Days of protests have followed the not-guilty verdict in the murder trial of former St. Louis police Officer Jason Stockley in the death of drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011.

Each day since Friday's verdict was announced, marches and protests have taken place, and some became violent after dark on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

The damaged vehicle belongs to a nearby business, Roorda said. …

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