The vandalism followed what had been an entirely peaceful protest of an estimated 1,000 people through the commercial district, which straddles the city of St. Louis and University City. Police officers largely stood by as state Representative Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis) and other organizers led marchers through the main drag several times, at two points sitting at the intersection Delmar and Skinker and blocking it to traffic. Then they urged protesters to go home — and most of them complied.
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But a smaller group remained. And around 10:45 p.m., someone threw something — possibly a chair, seen below — at the Starbucks' storefront, shattering its window.
Within minutes, almost every business in the central area of the district had shattered windows, and police found themselves facing off with the small band that remained.
Police arrested at least a half-dozen.
And after the protest was finally, totally over a little before midnight, business owners came out to contemplate the damage and board up their glass storefronts.
Salt + Smoke posted a photo of its cleanup efforts on Instagram early this morning. Hashtag: #lovewillbringustogether.
Salt + Smoke owner Tom Schmidt also posted that he'd gotten support in the early hours of the morning from another restaurateur — Dave Bailey of Baileys' Restaurants.
"That time Dave Bailey from @baileysinstl shows up at 3am to vacuum and board your windows," he wrote.
Bailey, of course, is no stranger to situations like these — his restaurant on South Grand was among those hit during unrest in Ferguson three years ago.
Scroll down for more photos of the aftermath.
Peaceful Protest Draws 1,000+ to Delmar Loop
Danny Wicentowski and Kelly Glueck contributed to this story.
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