Louis ex-police officer not guilty in killing

Kristopher Drake
September 16, 2017

A television station reported that a ruling is expected Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Stockley's case, and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has put the National Guard on standby in case unrest breaks out.

St. Louis interim police chief Lawrence O'Toole is asking that people upset with the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer in the shooting death of a black man demonstrate peacefully.

"This Court, in conscience, can not say that the State has proven every element of murder beyond a reasonable doubt, or that the State has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in self-defense", St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson said in his ruling.

A judge has acquitted former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley of first-degree murder in the shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith in late 2011.

According to charging documents, Stockley was riding in the passenger seat of his patrol auto with a personal AK-47 in one hand and an official police weapon in the other, and shot at Smith's vehicle during a chase.

Prosecutors alleged that Stockley planted a gun in Smith's auto after he shot him. Another police officer has walked away without repercussions after gunning down a black man.

She says dashcam video of the Stockley shooting is an example of why there must be change.

The statement also read that the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is committed to ensuring every citizen's First Amendment rights, but is equally committed to enforcing the laws of the city while upholding core values of service, integrity, leadership and fair treatment to all. Reed said the Jason Stockley case may have unfolded differently if the officers had been wearing body cameras.

The officer charged with murder didn't deny saying these words during trial. "After all, peace can only be achieved by the peaceful, and I know the people of St. Louis are ready to lead the way".

Al Watkins, the attorney for Smith's young daughter, said he disagreed with the ruling, but respected his decision. The judge wrote that the statement "can be ambiguous depending on the context".

Few police officers ever face trial in shooting deaths, and even fewer are convicted.

After Smith's auto hit the police vehicle, it also hit a red sedan - and then, Wilson relates, "Smith drove off the parking lot, striking the hand of Stockley, who had a gun drawn, and Smith sped away". A case in OH twice ended with hung juries, and prosecutors have decided not to seek a third trial.

"It's a sad day in St. Louis, and it's a sad day to be an American", Stancil said. St. Louis police said on Twitter that some officers were hit by water bottles.

No witness could testify that they saw Smith with a weapon, and yet mysteriously, a.38 revolver that did not have Smith's DNA showed up. That's where he was seen going back and forth between the restaurant and his vehicle; Stockley testified that he saw what he believed to be a drug sale.

The prosecution also said that Stockley's self-defense claim lacked credibility when juxtaposed to his partner's actions during the pursuit.

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