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Protests erupt in St. Louis after former police officer acquitted on murder charge

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From the report by Mark Berman and Wesley Lowery in the Washington Post:

. . . Prosecutors charged Jason Stockley, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officer, with murder for killing Anthony Lamar Smith in December 2011. According to the probable cause statement, Stockley was caught saying he was “going to kill this motherf‑‑‑er, don’t you know it” and was heard telling another officer to drive into Smith’s slowing car.

The court document, submitted by the St. Louis circuit attorney, said Stockley then approached Smith’s window and fired five times into the car, hitting Smith “with each shot” and killing him. In addition, prosecutors say, there was a gun found in Smith’s car, but it was later determined to only have DNA from Stockley.

Judge Timothy Wilson, the circuit judge who heard the case in a bench trial, acquitted Stockley on the murder charge as well as a charge of armed criminal action in a 30-page order released Friday morning. . .

The judge’s comments, reported later in the story, explain how he arrived at his verdict of “Not Guilty.”

Written by LeisureGuy

15 September 2017 at 7:14 pm

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