FOR­MER OF­FI­CER AC­QUIT­TED IN KILLING OF BLACK MAN AF­TER HIGH-SPEED CHASE

National Post (Latest Edition) - - WORLD -

ST. LOUIS A white for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer was ac­quit­ted Fri­day in the 2011 death of a black man who was fa­tally shot fol­low­ing a high- speed chase, with the judge declar­ing that he would not be swayed by “par­ti­san in­ter­ests, public clam­our or fear of crit­i­cism.”

The ac­quit­tal of Ja­son Stock­ley in the death of An­thony La­mar Smith had stirred con­cerns about pos­si­ble civil un­rest for weeks. Sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers were march­ing in the streets of down­town St. Louis within hours of the ver­dict.

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