Ex-of­fi­cer: Hated to kill, glad I’m free

St. Louis still tense af­ter cop cleared

New York Daily News - - NEWS - Thomas Tracy

DON’T BE A HATER — I did noth­ing wrong.

The for­mer St. Louis po­lice of­fi­cer ac­cused of fa­tally shoot­ing and then plant­ing a gun on a black man shrugged off the out­rage over his ac­quit­tal in an in­ter­view Satur­day.

“I did not mur­der An­thony La­mar Smith. I did not plant a gun,” Ja­son Stock­ley said in the ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the St. Louis Post-Dis­patch on the heels of his ac­quit­tal Fri­day night.

Nearly three dozen pro­test­ers were ar­rested and 10 of­fi­cers were in­jured dur­ing protests in St. Louis late Fri­day into the early hours of Satur­day. Cops were pre­par­ing for an­other wave of protests Satur­day.

“My main con­cern now is for the first re­spon­ders, the peo­ple just try­ing to go to work and the pro­test­ers,” Stock­ley said of the un­rest. “I don’t want any­one to be hurt in any way over this.”

The cop said he was glad he was found not guilty.

“It feels like a bur­den has been lifted but the bur­den of hav­ing to kill some­one never re­ally lifts,” Stock­ley said.

“The tak­ing of a life is the most sig­nif­i­cant thing that one can do…it’s just a hor­ri­ble ex­pe­ri­ence al­to­gether. But, some­times, it’s nec­es­sary.”

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