St. Louis Braces For Violent Protests After Ex-Cop Was Acquitted Of Killing A Black Man

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Setting up a potential repeat of the Ferguson unrest from the summer of 2015, St. Louis is bracing for another round of violent protests after an ex-cop was acquitted for the alleged murder of a black man.

As Reuters reports, on Friday, a Missouri judge found a white former St. Louis police officer not guilty of murder in the shooting death of a black man, "stirring feelings of anger and frustration in the black community." Ex-cop Jason Stockley, 36, was acquitted of first-degree murder for killing Anthony Lamar Smith, 24. Stockley, who was arrested in May 2016 and accused of planting a gun in Smith’s car, testified he acted in self-defense.

Judge Timothy Wilson’s highly anticipated ruling was announced Friday, more than five weeks after the bench trial ended. “This court, as a trier of fact, is simply not firmly convinced of defendant’s guilt,” the judge wrote in his ruling.

 

Wilson said prosecutors also asked the court to consider a lesser degree of homicide but they did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Stockley’s use of deadly force was not justified in self defense.

As a result, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has placed the National Guard on standby with officials fearing the verdict could set off violent protests, as in similar incidents involving police and minorities around the United States in recent years. As Reuters adds, "St. Louis and state officials were braced for violent protests and racial tensions similar to those that followed the 2014 fatal shooting by police of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, near St. Louis."

This is how the shooting went down according to Reuters:

Smith tried to flee from Stockley on Dec. 20, 2011, following an alleged drug deal, authorities said. During the pursuit, Stockley could be heard saying on an internal police car video he was going to kill Smith, prosecutors said.

 

Stockley, riding in the passenger seat of a patrol vehicle with his personal AK-47 in one hand and department-issued weapon in the other, shot at Smith’s car, according to St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Susan Ryan and charging documents.

 

At Stockley’s direction, the driver of the police car slammed into Smith’s vehicle and they came to a stop, court documents said. Stockley then approached Smith’s car and shot him five times with his service weapon.

 

Stockley’s lawyers said he fired in self-defense because he believed Smith was reaching for a gun but prosecutors said the only gun recovered from the scene had only Stockley’s DNA on it.

Stockley waived his right to a jury trial, allowing the judge to decide. He left the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in 2013 and was arrested last year.

“I’m sad, I’m hurt, I’m mad,” the Reverend Clinton Stancil of the Wayman AME Church in St. Louis said by telephone. “But this was expected. We haven’t made any progress since Ferguson, that’s clear. Cops can still kill us with impunity.”

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson appealed for calm. ”Frustration, anger, hurt, pain, hope and love all intermingle,“ she said in a statement. I encourage St. Louisans to show each other compassion.”

Echoing the appeal for calm, Christina Wilson, Smith’s fiancée, pleaded at a news conference on Thursday evening for protesters to avoid violence if they demonstrate.

The Stockley case is the latest in a series of recent grand jury decisions which have declined to charge officers involved in the deaths of black people: the most vivid recent examples include the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson and the choking death of Eric Garner, 43, in New York. Baltimore police officers also were not convicted in the death of Freddie Gray, who died from a broken neck suffered in a police van in 2015.

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After the verdict, Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., voiced his frustration with the outcome: “You all know this ain’t right and you all continue to do this to us,” he told a St. Louis Fox television station. “Like we don’t mean nothing, like we’re rats, trash, dogs in the streets. Right now, I‘m praying for my city because my people are tired of this.” Smith’s family in 2013 settled a lawsuit filed against the city for $900,000, the family’s lawyer, Albert Watkins, said.

Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the ACLU of Missouri, in a statement listed the names of several black people fatally shot by police in different cities and said little has changed. “It is past time for Missouri and the country to say in one voice: ‘This cannot continue,'” Mittman said.

Prosecutor Kimberly Gardner said in a statement she was disappointed with the verdict and believed she had presented proof that Stockley intended to kill Smith. “However, in this case it was the judge’s duty to evaluate the evidence and deliver his findings,” she said. “That’s how our system works.”

Meanwhile, the local protests are already starting to form:

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greenskeeper carl's picture

This is one occasiona where I almost wish I had cable. I do love watching a good chimpout. Oh well, the good parts always make it online.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

1) Cut off ALL welfare and FREE $HIT that enables this kind of crap when they should be working for a living instead of demanding shit from other people who DO work for a living.

2) Let them get violent, driving honest people and businesses out of their neighborhoods.

3) Police stand down, letting the apes destroy their neighborhoods.

4) Do #1, period.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Seems like it's only a matter of time before "white guilt" becomes fully embedded into our [un]justice system.

Who needs evidence when the color of skin already screams "Guilty!"?  /sarc

JimmyJones's picture

“You all know this ain’t right and you all continue to do this to us,” 

Who is you all?  He couldn't be grouping all whites together for the actions of one right?  Isn't that racist?

Whats interesting is that Blacks want Black police officers to police their neighborhoods but Black Cops don't want to do it because they say its racist against them.  The Paradox.

The Alarmist's picture

You know, I read shit like this and wonder if North Korea might be doing us a favour by taking out a couple major cities.

Silvery Dan's picture

LA & SF would be one hell of a good start.

Joe Davola's picture

This is Trump's fault, right?

CheapBastard's picture

Go hide in the "Employment office.'

 

It will be empty in there.

 

bamawatson's picture

it is empty at the protest; a "crowd" of 75

Nekoti's picture

Correct, the dindus are not awake yet.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Nigger Hours run from 1:30pm to 4am. Give 'em a chance to wake up and down a few forties.

Troll Magnet's picture

Dear Black People,

STOP BEING SO FUCKING STUPID.  YOU ARE NOTHING MORE THAN SOROS' AND THE LEFT'S PAWNS: YOUR LIVES DON'T FUCKING MATTER TO THOSE FUCKERS.

 

WAKE THE FUCK UP AND STOP THE STUPIDITY.

 

 

jcaz's picture

Plus it takes a day to put help wanted ads in Craigslist, hire busses.....

Pop3y3too's picture

I walk my dog daily at 0600-0700 in a town with 30% demographics of "other than white". The ONLY people I see at that hour are white folk heading off to work. 

 

If I don't make the walk before noon I don't even bother to try anymore because for some reason dog likes to growl at darker skinned folk and there are plenty of those distractions hanging out on porches.

 

Winter is another story.  I can walk him any time of the day during the winter because, well, some folk don't like the cold. 

Mr Hankey's picture

What is that in human non-baby burner time?

greenskeeper carl's picture

We shall see. I just heard a funny quote from one one the radio, promising to completely shut down the city of St. Louis. Something like "until there is justice, there will be no economic movement in this city" which I found to be hilarious, in several ways. First, that he said 'movement' rather than 'growth'. There will be plenty of economic movement, movement downwards. Also because the idea that there will be economic growth in a decrepit city full of blacks under any circumstances. Those people turn functional cities into piles of bricks, this will simply accelerate it.

Funny, too how try as they might, they keep giving the alt right more ammo. They just can't help themselves.

Dickguzinya's picture

Do you prefer a pool or a pond?

Tachyonic's picture

The pond will be good for him.  It's over on 2 Briar.

Mr Hankey's picture

What does any of that have to do with this case & untouchable psycho killer cops in general? If that happened to somebody  I cared about it would take that cops family hours to die .Then again,In not your average white plantation nigger.

erkme73's picture

Bingo Hankey.  You get it.  This has nothign to do with black vs. white, but blue vs. non-blue.

JimmyJones's picture

Nailed it, the buses full of outsiders haven't arrived yet to burn down someone else's community yet.

Mr Hankey's picture

Asymmetric warfare. No conviction for a heinous slam-dunk like this, because,(((Police Officer))),shits gonna squeeze out somewhere. 

NoVa's picture

for 1 thing, Trump will not come out and say... If I had a son, he'd be like ...

 

NoVa

 

TerminalDebt's picture

I see nobody cares that a cop carries his personal AK-47 while on partrol, that's normal now?

jcaz's picture

Actually, I'm more concerned that he doesn't have two.....

Mr Hankey's picture

Why would you need 2 offensively chasing down 1 unarmed dindu w/ bunch of your unionized pedophile thug butt-buddies?

The Alarmist's picture

It strikes me as a bit un-American. At least my dad carried his own Remington on patrol during the '67 riots.

Mr Hankey's picture

Oh.that explains what happened to you

Mr Hankey's picture

Only pigs DNA found on plant gun.. on tape vowing to kill him. .yahh, I got a problem cop having "his personal " assault rifle.

Mr Hankey's picture

This is the few% YTs fault along w/ their (((best buds)))

Bay of Pigs's picture

Michael Brown was anything but innocent. He alone is responsible for his own death.

Anyone here saying they wouldn't have shot him in self defense like the cop did is a fucking liar.

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

"Anyone here saying they wouldn't have shot him in self defense like the cop did is a fucking liar."

...and if anyone here shot him like that cop did, they'd be serving a life sentence.

Mr Hankey's picture

Is that a fact? The difference is I would get life in prison and this slam -dunk case of on tape premeditated  1st degree cold-blooded murderer couldn't get convicted in any court ln 'murica 

Bay of Pigs's picture

Did you miss the video of Brown robbing and assaulting the shop owner?

You guys are crazy. Nobody would convict you of shooting in self defense.

Mr Hankey's picture

You are seriously fucking stupid. 

JimmyJones's picture

looks like St. Louis will be burning bright tonight.  When will the ANTIFA buses arrive to get the "party" started?

serotonindumptruck's picture

They're already there.

Got CraigsList?

CheapBastard's picture

Soros has three extra large busses speeding toward St louis right now!

 

"Yes we can!"

The Alarmist's picture

What do you call it when a bus full of BLM and SJW protestors goes off a cliff, crashes, and burns?

DetectiveStern's picture

A symptom of the white male patriarch society /sarc

The Alarmist's picture

Show me "A symptom of the white male patriarch society /sarc"

Bzzzzzz.

"A good start."

Show me "A good start for the steal!"

Ding ding ding ding ding!

Mr Hankey's picture

Was it full or was there an empty seat?

Krungle's picture

Umm, Smith was working. Since when is selling drugs that help finance not only intel agency black ops, but selling military gear to police and supporting the for-profit prison industry not an honest living?

RafterManFMJ's picture

1) Cut off ALL welfare and FREE $HIT that enables this kind of crap when they should be working for a living instead of demanding shit from other people who DO work for a living.

Dude, they'll never cut off the state, local, and federal workers. You're being silly even suggesting it!

DaveA's picture

There is no work for niggers; cotton is planted and harvested with machines now. Same thing happened when automobiles replaced horses, except that we stopped breeding so many horses after that. It's way past time to stop breeding niggers.

HRH Feant2's picture

For anyone that didn't get the notification, an excellent interview was posted this morning by Colin Flaherty with Tommy Roboinson, on location in the UK. Must watch this video! If you can record it, please do. It is only a matter of time until this video is flagged by the muzzies and removed.

https://youtu.be/_fjs6vFnsMU

Mr Hankey's picture

What would YOU do ,white faggot?Thats what I thought.Get back to work,cotton-picking bitch.

cheka's picture

need more of this.  the courts just turn them loose to attack more humans