Re­ally Close En­coun­ters

Newsweek - - CONTENTS - SCOTT OLSON

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.

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