A group of protesters gather outside police headquarters following a verdict in the trial of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on Sept. 15, 2017, in St. Louis. Stockley has been found not guilty in the 2011 killing of Lamar Smith following a high-speed chase. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption
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Six years ago former St. Louis Police officer Jason Stockley shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith after a car chase in North St. Louis. Earlier this year prosecutors charged Stockley, who is white, with first-degree murder, alleging he planted a gun in Smith’s car.
On Friday, Stockley was acquitted of the crime, and protesters have taken to the streets in St. Louis to again voice rage and frustration about the shooting death of a black motorist.
“Not firmly convinced”
It was December 2011, and Stockley and his partner suspected Smith was dealing drugs outside of a fast-food restaurant in north St. Louis.
Smith drove away and Stockley and his partner gave chase. During the pursuit a dashcam recorded Stockley telling his partner he’d kill Smith. He then told the other officer to ram Smith’s vehicle.