Demonstrators unveil 'Stop Killing Us' banner at St. Louis baseball game

(Reuters) - Demonstrators unfurled a banner that read "Stop Killing Us" at a Major League baseball game on Friday in St. Louis, where they were protesting the acquittal of a white former police officer who was accused of murdering a black man, local media reported.

A video posted on Facebook showed a group of demonstrators high above the playing field holding a banner with the St. Louis Cardinals' mascot drawn on it as they shouted "No Justice. No Baseball" and "You can't stop the revolution".

The demonstrators were ushered out of the Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals lost to the Brewers 5-3. They then joined 200 other people in a march before the group was confronted by police in riot gear, who used a Taser on one and pepper spray on others, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.

At least two people were arrested, police said on Twitter.

The incident comes two weeks after a judge acquitted white former officer Jason Stockley, 36, of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of African-American Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, following a police chase.

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A protester faces off with law enforcement officials after Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, was acquitted of murder in the 2011 fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man suspected of dealing drugs, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
Protesters sit in an intersection of the Central West End after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis/
Law enforcement officials walk down a residential street after firing tear gas at protesters after Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, was acquitted of murder in the 2011 fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man suspected of dealing drugs, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Protestors demonstrate during a protest action following a not guilty verdict on September 15, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Protests erupted today following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder last year in the shooting death of motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
A protester stands on a "Blue Lives Matter" flag after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Protesters march in reaction to the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis/
Protesters march on Tucker and Market to protest the not guilty verdict in the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith by former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 in St. Louis. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)
Protesters march on Tucker and Market to protest the not guilty verdict in the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith by former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 in St. Louis. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)
Anthony Shahid, center, and other protesters march on Tucker and Market to protest the not guilty verdict in the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith by former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 in St. Louis. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)
Protesters march on Tucker and Market to protest the not guilty verdict in the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith by former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 in St. Louis. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)
A woman holds a sign outside the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
Men protest outside the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
People march downtown after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
People march downtown after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
Activist Anthony Shahid (L) holds a photo of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, who was found not guilty in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, during a protest in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
People march downtown after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
Protesters march after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Men protest outside the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
People protest outside the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
People look out the windows of Confluence Preparatory Academy as protesters march down the street after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
People march downtown after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
Members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department prevent protesters from entering Interstate 64 after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
People march downtown after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
Members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department prevent protesters from entering Interstate 64 after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Protestors march through the city streets following a not guilty verdict on September 15, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Protests erupted today following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder last year in the shooting death of motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Community leader and activist Anthony Shahid leads a protest march through the city streets following a not guilty verdict on September 15, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Protests erupted today following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder last year in the shooting death of motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Protestors burn a St. Louis Cardinals jacket as they march through the city streets following a not guilty verdict on September 15, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Protests erupted today following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder last year in the shooting death of motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
Protesters chant outside the courthouse after the not guilty verdict was announced in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis/
A man watches as law enforcement officials order protesters to disperse in the Central West End neighborhood after Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, was acquitted of murder in the 2011 fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man suspected of dealing drugs, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Protest organizers huddle during a protest action following a not guilty verdict on September 15, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Protests erupted today following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder last year in the shooting death of motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Protestors demonstrate during a protest action following a not guilty verdict on September 15, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Protests erupted today following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder last year in the shooting death of motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: A child chants into a megaphone during a protest action following a not guilty verdict on September 15, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Protests erupted today following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder last year in the shooting death of motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: A woman walks with a sign during a protest action following a not guilty verdict on September 15, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Protests erupted today following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder last year in the shooting death of motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Protestors demonstrate during a protest action following a not guilty verdict on September 15, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Protests erupted today following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder last year in the shooting death of motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Protestors demonstrate during a protest action following a not guilty verdict on September 15, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Protests erupted today following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder last year in the shooting death of motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
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The acquittal sparked days of protests that at times were violent, with demonstrators clashing with police and destroying property. Some 123 people were arrested and about a dozen police were injured during the unrest.

Before the brief confrontation with police on Friday dozens of protesters marched downtown and blocked traffic before they arrived at Busch Stadium, where they met police behind barricades and got into arguments with fans after the game, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.

The incident in St. Louis comes two weeks after campaigners inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement unfurled an anti-racism banner at a Boston Red Sox baseball game before security guards escorted them from the ballpark.

The banner, hung over the famed Green Monster wall at the Major League team’s Fenway Park stadium, read "Racism is as American as baseball".

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BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Fans display a sign that reads 'Racism is as American as Baseball' over the Green Monster during the fourth inning of a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics on September 13, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Sep 13, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Fans on top of the Green Monster display a racism sign between the top and bottom of the fourth inning during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: A banner with the message 'Racism is as American as baseball' is draped over the Green Monster during the fourth inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on September 13, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Sep 13, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Fans on top of the Green Monster display a racism sign between the top and bottom of the fourth inning during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: A banner with the message 'Racism is as American as baseball' is draped over the Green Monster by fans during the fourth inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on September 13, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: A banner on racism is unfurled over the Green Monster during the fourth inning. The Boston Red Sox host the Oakland Athletics in the second of a three game series at Fenway Park in Boston on Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: A banner on racism is unfurled over the Green Monster during the fourth inning. The Boston Red Sox host the Oakland Athletics in the second of a three game series at Fenway Park in Boston on Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Sep 13, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Fans on top of the Green Monster display a racism sign between the top and bottom of the fourth inning during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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