Louis streets after murder acquittal for ex-cop

Louis streets after murder acquittal for ex-cop”

Before the vehicle chase began on December 20, 2011, Smith's Buick was parked in a Church's chicken restaurant. As Smith sped away in his Buick, Stockley fired seven shots with his service weapon. Smith can be heard on dash cam video saying he's "going to kill this (expletive) - don't you know".

Stockley was also allowed to move freely between his squad auto and Smith's vehicle, and to climb inside of it, as other officers managed a growing crowd at the scene after the killing. Stockley shot Smith five times, saying he saw Smith holding a gun. That officer was never charged and eventually resigned. The trial ended August 9 and the city, still recovering from the Ferguson unrest, has been on edge waiting for the decision and the aftermath since.

Judge Wilson wrote all of this off.

Federal prosecutors had declined to prosecute Stockley after the shooting, prompting the St. Louis City Attorney's office to consider the case. "It's very noble work", Gardner added. He cited the remarks from Albert Watkins, the attorney for Smith's fiancee. The.38-caliber revolver found in Smith's vehicle after the shooting had Stockley's DNA on it, but not Smith's.

"We feel the justice system as it is is only for white privilege", she said. "I don't buy it for a heartbeat".

Some protesters stayed outside the courthouse, while others marched to various locations downtown, including the entrance ramp to Highway 40, where police were already stationed and prevented them from entering the highway, and the St. Louis Police Headquarters. He also said in the statement that he will protect the rights of protesters while ensuring that laws remain enforced.

The St. Louis area has a history of unrest in such cases, including after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014.

People are again protesting in the streets of St. Louis.

A judge on Friday found 36-year-old Jason Stockley not guilty in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.

Protesters warn there will be disruptions across the city if Stockley is found not guilty.

CHANG: Whose street; our streets, they chanted.

Jason Stockley was acquitted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. Who was also found not guilty of murder and the shooting was deemed self defense.

Wilson - known for his quirky personality and a large collection of Three Stooges episodes on tape - has presided over many high-profile cases, including a kickback scheme involving two former Anheuser-Busch executives and a St. Louis advertising executive in 1988. "And a shot in the heart to the family of the victim", he said of Smith. Initially the officer wasn't charged with a crime.

In his verdict, Wilson wrote that the court "is simply not firmly convinced of [Stockley's] guilt". Wilson's verdict also says the state did not prove that Stockley acted beyond a reasonable doubt of self-defense and that Judge Wilson saw no proof of Stockley planting a gun in the vehicle.

St. Louis law enforcement officials, who asked not to be named, previously said they expect Judge Timothy Wilson's ruling sometime Friday.

KIMBERLY GARDNER: We can not let the naysayers and guardians the status quo let us miss this opportunity to seek real change. He says justice has been "cruelly denied" for Smith, his family and the community. "I encourage St. Louisans to show each other compassion, to recognize that we all have different experiences and background and that we all come to this with real feeling and experiences". I don't buy it.

The Rev. Clinton Stancil, a protest leader, said the acquittal was shocking based on the evidence but not surprising.

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