White Ex- St. Louis Officer Found Not Guilty of Murdering Black Man

Trevor Jackson
September 16, 2017

Former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley was found "not" guilty of killing Anthony Lamar Smith.

Years before Michael Brown's 2014 death in Ferguson, Missouri, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley became the subject of an investigation after the December 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

Stockley pleaded "not guilty" to a first-degree murder charge past year and waived his right to a jury trial - utlimately handing Wilson the power to decide his fate. A television station reported that a ruling is expected Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Stockley's case, and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has put the National Guard on standby in case unrest breaks out. Stockley said over the police radio that Smith, fired a gun. When Stockley approached, one of the men ran off and Smith fled in his auto.

The chase reached almost 90 miles per hour before Stockley told Bianchi to ram their SUV into Smith's auto, which deployed Smith's air bags. And once again, St. Louis will be left confused, betrayed, shellshocked and more than likely enraged. "You don't get video and audio of a guy with a badge saying in the minutes preceding his shooting of somebody 'We're gonna kill this (expletive), don't you know'".

Wilson ruled that that the prosecutor's contention that Stockley planted a gun in Smith's auto was not supported by evidence because the gun was too big to hide and would not have fit in Stockley's pant pockets without being obvious.

Stockley, who shot Smith five times, was charged with first-degree murder. Smith died from the injuries.

Prosecutors also accused Mr Stockley of planting a gun in Mr Smith's auto after shooting him.

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"Of course, I'm disappointed with the court's decision", Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner said after the verdict. We have a right to express our opinion. He also noted that Stockley's partner - Brian Bianchi - had warned Stockley that Smith had a gun.

In closing remarks, Steele said it was obvious Stockley planted a weapon in Smith's vehicle because the former officer's DNA was on it. 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.

Judge Wilson wrote in Friday's 30-page ruling, "This Court, in conscience, can not say that the State has proven every element of murder beyond a reasonable doubt or that the State has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant did not act in self-defense". In the internal report, Stockley said he ordered Smith to show his hands, and believed the suspect was reaching for a handgun between the center console and the passenger seat.

In 2013, the city settled a civil court case with Smith's loved ones, awarding his fiancée and daughter a total of $900,000. They said that Bianchi's weapon was holstered at the time when Stockley claimed his partner yelled "gun".

He said one trip was made to retrieve a Quick Clot kit to help stop any potential mass external bleeding.

He described his emotional state at the time as "rattled" and "not a good human response". Stockley said he climbed into Smith's vehicle and found a revolver stuffed between the center console and passenger seat. I'm a good bro, too.

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