Protests in St. Louis over the acquittal of a white former policeman who killed a black man could impede the city’s bid to attract Amazon.com’s second headquarters, academics and business executives said. Marked by scuffles, teargas and property damage, the protests have been unfolding as the city, which has a history of social unrest, is vying for the lucrative Amazon deal. “There is no good timing for something like this and it will have an impact,” said Didi Caldwell, founding principal with Global Location Strategies in South Carolina, which helps companies choose locations for new businesses and expansion.
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