She’s among 32 busted at St. Louis protest


Images of a seem­ingly de­fense­less woman bowled over by po­lice in riot gear in St. Louis swept the In­ter­net on Satur­day as protests roiled that city for a se­cond day.

Demon­stra­tors marched through two malls Satur­day chant­ing, “Black lives mat­ter!” af­ter a white po­lice of­fi­cer was ac­quit­ted in the 2011 fa­tal shoot­ing of a black man. There were no ar­rests. But Fri­day, rau­cous marches in down­town cul­mi­nated in smashed win­dows, rocks and paint be­ing thrown at cops and at the home of Mayor Lyda Krew­son.

Thirty-two peo­ple were ar­rested and 10 cops were hurt in the fra­cas, po­lice said.

Amid Fri­day’s tense marches, the el­derly woman, wear­ing a red top and white pants, ap­peared to try to stand her ground and yell at a group of of­fi­cers when she was knocked over by the cops armed with pep­per spray in an in­ci­dent cap­tured by a Fox TV af­fil­i­ate’s news he­li­copter.

The woman “failed to obey of­fi­cers’ or­ders,” and was charged with “in­ter­fer­ing,” St. Louis po­lice said on Twit­ter Satur­day.

Char­lie Bren­nan, a St. Louis ra­dio host, backed the po­lice ac­count.

He wrote on Twit­ter: “She was telling oth­ers to stand be­hind her ‘be­cause the po­lice won’t bother an old lady.’ ”

The protests fol­lowed the ac­quit­tal by a judge of Ja­son Stock­ley in the death of An­thony La­mar Smith, 24, af­ter the sus­pected drug dealer crashed his car fol­low­ing a chase.

Stock­ley tes­ti­fied he saw Smith hold­ing a sil­ver re­volver as he sped away.

The of­fi­cer, who has since left the St. Louis po­lice and moved to Hous­ton, said he felt he was in im­mi­nent dan­ger as he was ap­proach­ing the ve­hi­cle.

Pros­e­cu­tors charged Stock­ley planted a gun in Smith’s car af­ter the shoot­ing. The of­fi­cer’s DNA was on the weapon, but Smith’s wasn’t.

Dash­cam video from Stock­ley’s cruiser cap­tured him say­ing he was “go­ing to kill this [ex­ple­tive], don’t you know it.”

Less than a minute later, he shot Smith five times.

Judge Ti­mothy Wil­son said pros­e­cu­tors didn’t prove be­yond a rea­son­able doubt that Stock­ley mur­dered Smith or that he didn’t act in self-de­fense.

The for­mer cop told the St. Louis Post-Dis­patch, “It feels like a bur­den has been lifted, but the bur­den of hav­ing to kill some­one never re­ally lifts.

“The tak­ing of some­one’s life is the most sig­nif­i­cant thing one can do, and it’s not done lightly . . .

“I un­der­stand what the fam­ily is go­ing through, and I know ev­ery­one wants some­one to blame.

“But I’m just not the guy.”

OLD & IN THE WAY: An uniden­ti­fied el­derly woman is knocked down by riot po­lice at a protest over the ac­quit­tal of a St. Louis cop who killed a black man.

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