Activists seek special prosecutor in police shooting

2 years 2 months 4 weeks ago Friday, May 20 2016 May 20, 2016 Friday, May 20, 2016 7:51:00 AM CDT May 20, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Activists in St. Louis are calling for a special prosecutor to handle the case in which a former police officer is accused of killing a man while on duty.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce filed first-degree murder charges Monday against Jason Stockley, more than four years after the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith in December 2011.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that activists on Thursday complained that Joyce and U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan couldn't be trusted because it took so long to file charges.

Joyce said in a statement that her office had no investigative role until March. Callahan's office declined to prosecute after examining evidence in 2012 and referred the case to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Justice Department civil rights review remains open.

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