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Ex-St. Louis Cop Acquitted in 2011 Shooting of Black Driver

Ex-St. Louis Cop Acquitted in 2011 Shooting of Black Driver

Protests broke out in St. Louis after former police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted Friday of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of black driver Anthony Lamar Smith.

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It was not immediately clear what prompted police to advance, or whether they gave specific orders beforehand.

The court document, submitted by the St. Louis circuit attorney, said Stockley then approached Smith's window and fired five times into the auto, hitting Smith "with each shot" and killing him, as reported by The Washington Post.

However, Wilson ruled that based on the Court's "nearly thirty years on the bench ... an urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be an anomaly", concluding that Smith had been the owner of the firearm, and referencing the drug found in Smith's auto.

Stockley shot Anthony Lamar Smith five times after the chase and claims he saw Smith holding a gun before the chase even started. The revolver Smith is alleged to have reached for did not have his DNA on it, although it had Stockley's.

Watch the lady wearing red in the bottom right of the screen. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner told CNN she was "disappointed" in the ruling.

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Former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged in May 2016 in the December 20, 2011, death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.

Prosecutors said Stockley shot Smith four times quickly, then shot him "execution style" at close range to kill him.

Stockley resigned from the force in 2013, the same year that the Board of Police Commissioners settled a wrongful death suit with Smith's family for $900,000. Stockley and his partner, Brian Bianchi, drove up behind Smith's Buick, and a chase ensued that lasted around three minutes. When several demonstrators tried to rush on to Interstate 64, they were blocked on an entrance ramp by police cars and officers on bikes. During the pursuit, Stockley could be heard saying on an internal police vehicle video he was going to kill Smith, prosecutors said.

The gun in question, as reported by The Washington Post, was recovered by investigators but the only DNA found on the firearm by prosecutors belonged to Stockley.

Mr Smith's fiancée has urged the community to avoid violence. Al Watkins, the Smith family attorney, issued a similar statement.

A high-speed chase ensued and as Stockley is chasing Smith through the streets, he is heard on police dash cam audio saying "I'm going to kill this mother f-er". According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he had a military career prior to that and had graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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