Really Close Encounters
St. Louis—demonstrators face off with police on September 16 after a former cop, Jason Stockley, was acquitted on murder charges. Some protesters turned violent, smashing windows and damaging police cars, and critics of the verdict say there is much to be angry about. In 2011, Stockley, who is white, was on duty when he shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man whom the officer chased in his police car after a suspected drug deal. Prosecutors said the police had planted a gun on Smith. (The weapon had Stockley’s DNA on it but not Smith’s.) And as Stockley and his partner were chasing Smith at high speeds, the former said he was “going to kill this motherfucker,” according to prosecutors.