Ex-officer: Hated to kill, glad I’m free
St. Louis still tense after cop cleared
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.”