A judge has acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a black man following a high-speed chase in 2011. Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson issued his ruling Friday against 36-year-old Jason Stockley. Stockley could have been sentenced to up to life in prison without parole had he been convicted.
Stockley shot 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith five times after a high-speed chase. Stockley says he saw Smith holding a gun before the chase began, and that he felt he was in imminent danger when he opened fire. Prosecutors alleged that Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car after he shot him. A gun in the car had the officer’s DNA on it, but not Smith’s.
Police use mace in confrontation with protesters in downtown St. Louis
Protesters in front of City Hall in downtown St. Louis
Protesters at 9th and Clark near ramp to I-64.
The scene at Market and 11th right now in downtown St. Louis. Shooting west.
Protesters gather in front of the America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. The doors are locked.
“Destruction of our community is not the answer.” ~St. Louis City Circuit Attorney, Kimberly Gardner
Protesters met by police on a ramp onto I-64 in downtown St. Louis. They are trying to shut down the highway.
Protesters are moving up a ramp to try to shut down I-64 / 40
Police on bikes are on standby in downtown St. Louis
Protesters gather in the intersection of Market and Tucker in downtown St. Louis after the Stockley ruling