Protesters, Police Clash In Downtown St. Louis

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2017

"We need further examination and clarity in the laws that govern the use of deadly force by police officers", she said, calling for a change in the way such cases are investigated.

Anticipation over the Stockley verdict prompted St. Louis police to put officers on 12-hour shifts in case of potential unrest, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. "Because my people are exhausted of this". "No witness testified to hearing a shot separated in time from the first group of successive shots", read the court document regarding the prosecution's argument. They also claimed a gun was not planted and that Stockley acted in self-defense and reasonably.

During the trial, prosecutors grilled law enforcement witnesses on why Stockley was allowed to return to his police SUV and search Smith's silver Buick without wearing gloves and why the other responding officers did not give Smith first aid at the scene. "After all, peace can only be achieved by the peaceful, and I know the people of St. Louis are ready to lead the way".

"It's a sad day in St. Louis, and it's a sad day to be an American", Stancil said. "THIS AIN'T RIGHT" In recent years grand juries have declined to charge officers involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, which set of nights of violent protest in Ferguson, and the choking death of Eric Garner, 43, in NY. Our values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence guide all of us, and we remain committed to free expression, but that expression must be shared in a peaceful manner.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said earlier this week the state's National Guard had been activated to safeguard city residents and property.

Stockley's attorney, Neil Bruntrager, argued that Smith, a 24-year-old parole violator with previous convictions for gun and drug crimes, tried to run over the two officers. Later that year, the St. Louis police board settled a wrongful death suit with Smith's survivors for $900,000. Before Friday's verdict, the past year had seen officers acquitted or mistrials declared after jurors deadlocked in several high-profile trials, including at least four since May.

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"My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Anthony Lamar Smith, as today's verdict fails to provide the justice they sought and the closure they seek".

He said that Stockley did not immediately shoot Smith after approaching his vehicle, and that he only shot him 15 seconds after arriving at the driver's side.

Demonstrators were ordered to disperse, police say.

Few police officers ever face trial in shooting deaths, and even fewer are convicted. It's a violation of St. Louis police policy to carry a personal weapon. Bianchi approached Smith's auto after the crash without his weapon drawn. Prosecutors alleged Shockley later planted a.38-caliber revolver in Smith's crashed vehicle.

But prosecutors questioned why Stockley dug into a bag in the back seat of the police SUV before returning to Smith's auto.

Stockley's partner wasn't charged.

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