Police are responding to several reports of vandalism in downtown St. Louis as protesters and agitators take to the streets following the acquittal of Jason Stockley.
On Friday, a judge ruled Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, was “not guilty” of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a motorist following a high-speed chase in 2011. 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.
Protest participants understandably are frustrated by how a rogue few are affecting the reputation of an important, peaceful initiative. 1/
— Eddie Roth (@eddieroth) September 18, 2017
SWAT truck just announced that use of chemicals imminent. Wash Ave just N of Tucker.
— Robert Patrick (@rxpatrick) September 18, 2017
Step 1: Protestors disrupt traffic to highlight systemic injustice.
Step 2: Later, agitators disrupt nothing but livelihoods.
Step 3: repeat
— Cory Schmitt (@coryschmitt) September 18, 2017