Ex-St. Louis Police Officer Acquitted of Murdering Anthony Lamar Smith

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On Friday, Wilson made his decision, finding Stockley not guilty on both counts. "Agonizingly, this Court has (pored) over the evidence again and again", including the video footage, "innumerable times".

"It's in line with my values and I'm here to shut it down with them, basically", she said. The bus backed up and protesters again tried to stop it, with a few throwing water bottles.

Police could be seen using their bicycles to push protesters back.

According to Wilson's ruling, Smith "frantically" sped off hitting the marked police vehicle and another auto.

Stockley shot Smith five times after a high-speed chase. "We need justice for Anthony Smith".

"The defense does not deny that Stockley shot and killed Smith". The probable cause statement said the gun recovered from Smith's auto had Stockley's DNA on it.

"The Court finds the State's contention there was a fifth "kill shot" fired by Stockley after a gap in time, is not supported by the evidence".

Judge Timothy Wilson's highly anticipated ruling was announced more than five weeks after the bench trial ended. Defense attorney Neil Bruntrager said the officers were almost run over.

The dash camera also shows Stockley rifling through a bag in the back of the police vehicle, but his body blocks what he retrieves.

Especially with all eyes on Jason Stockley's murder trial verdict, body cameras are a topic across the city and country. The former policeman thought Smith had a gun, defense attorneys said.

Video recorded inside the squad vehicle Stockley and partner Brian Bianchi were driving that day capture Stockley saying he was "going to kill this motherfucker", the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

"I think that it's not fair, it's unfair that this man premeditated, contemplated and murdered a human being and not be guilty".

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, anticipating protests in response to the controversial ruling, released a statement saying he understood the verdict is painful for many St. Louisans. About 100 people gathered near City Hall chanting "No justice, no peace".

"It's very noble work", she said. "I'm reliving. I'm reliving, right now, what this family is going through".

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner said she was "disappointed" with the judge's decision.

Stockley was the first officer in the St. Louis area since 2005 to be charged in an officer-involved shooting while on duty. He resigned from the force in 2013 and settled a wrongful death suit with Smith's family for $900,000 the same year, the outlet writes. I am sobered by this outcome. Members of the local law enforcement community, namely the Ethical Society of Police, a union that primarily represents black officers in St. Louis, have called for Shockley's conviction. And rather than issue a simple "guilty" or "not guilty" in the courtroom, Wilson issued a 30-page ruling this morning.

The acquittal sparked protests in St. Louis, with several people attempting to block intersections and disrupt traffic on Interstate 64.

Watkins says his clients are calling for peaceful protests.

The protests have prompted a variety of schedule changes and cancellations throughout the region.

Jason Stockley, an ex-St.Louis police officer in an undated police booking photo.

That promise did not go unnoticed by organizers of major city events.

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