ST. LOUIS (AP) _About 100 people have gathered in downtown St. Louis to protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the shooting death of a black man.
A judge on Friday found 36-year-old Jason Stockley not guilty in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. Protesters began gathering near the courthouse where the case was heard and were marching in the streets. Police have blocked off some streets. At one point, protesters headed toward an interstate ramp, but police blocked them from getting on.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says she hopes city residents will come together despite their differences over the acquittal.
Stockley shot 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith five times after a high-speed chase. Prosecutors alleged Stockley planted a gun in Smith's car after he shot him.