Riot at kill cop ver­dict

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Karen Rock­ett

RIOT po­lice fired tear gas and r ub­ber bul­lets yes­ter­day when vi­o­lence erupted af­ter a judge cleared a white ex-cop of mur­der­ing a black man.

Peace­ful protests were planned af­ter the ver­dict on Ja­son Stock­ley, 36, who shot sus­pected drug dealer An­thony La­mar Smith, 24, five times af­ter a car chase.

Around 600 Black Lives Mat­ter marchers chanted “Hey hey! Ho ho! These killer cops have got to go!”

But po­lice moved in later af­ter bricks were thrown at them and win­dows smashed in St Louis, Mis­souri.

Ten law­men were hurt and 23 peo­ple held.

Stock­ley, who quit and moved to Texas af­ter the 2011 killing, waived his right to a jury trial and in­stead asked a judge to rule.

Video from his squad car dash­cam caught Stock­ley say­ing “Gonna kill this moth­erf*** er, don’t you know it,” dur­ing the chase.

An­thony’s fam­ily was awarded £700,000 by the city for wrong­ful death.

U2 had to call off its gig in St. Louis last night as po­lice had their hands full deal­ing with the protests. PAGEBOY Blake Cole, six, was raced to Pri­mark in a Bent­ley for new trousers just be­fore a wed­ding be­cause hired ones were 6in short.

FACE OFF: Pro­tester

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