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St. Louis black leaders urge boycott of Target, other stores

Black St. Louis faith and civic leaders involved in recent protests over the acquittal of a former white police officer in the killing of a black suspect are calling for supporters to boycott a dozen businesses, including Target and a grocery store chain.

The group issued its call for an economic boycott of the businesses on Thursday, nearly two months after the acquittal of Jason Stockley in the 2011 killing of Anthony Lamar Smith. The verdict sparked a series of protests over the treatment of blacks by the justice system, which the Rev. Dinah Tatman said will continue in addition to the boycott.

At a news conference announcing the boycott, Tatman also said blacks are...