Outrage, protests continue after Stockley verdict

2 months 3 days 11 hours ago Friday, September 15 2017 Sep 15, 2017 Friday, September 15, 2017 11:31:00 AM CDT September 15, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press and Kristen Reesor, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The attorney for the family of the black man shot and killed by a white St. Louis police officer says they disagree with a judge's ruling that the state didn't meet its burden of proof for a finding that the officer was guilty of murder.

A judge found 36-year-old former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley not guilty in the 2011 shooting death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.

KMOV reports the family's lawyer, Al Watkins, spoke to reporters less than an hour after the judge's Friday morning ruling.

Watkins says he found the ruling appalling and contrary to the evidence presented.

Watkins and Smith's fiance, Christina Wilson, on Thursday appealed for calm and non-violent protest no matter what verdict was issued.

Politicians react

Rep. William Lacy Clay of Missouri says he's outraged by the verdict. 

Clay is a Democrat who represents the St. Louis area. He said in a statement Friday that Stockley violated several police department regulations and showed a "total disregard" for Smith. He says justice has been "cruelly denied" for Smith, his family and the community.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri both issued statements Friday expressing hope that people will come together to avoid the divisions that occurred after a white police officer killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014.

And Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said he realizes the verdict causes pain for many people, but asked those who choose to protest the verdict to do so peacefully.

Activists protest in the streets

Several hundred protesters were marching in the streets of downtown St. Louis within hours of the verdict being released.

Protesters began gathering near the courthouse where the case was heard and were marching in the streets. Police have blocked off some streets. At one point, protesters headed toward an interstate ramp, but police blocked them from getting on.

A St. Louis activist says he's disappointed but not surprised by the acquittal of a white former police officer in the shooting death of a black man. Rev. Clinton Stancil is a pastor at Wayman AME Church in St. Louis. He said, "Cops again are able to shoot our people down with impunity."

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says she hopes city residents will come together despite their differences over the acquittal.

Krewson said in a statement early Friday that she's praying for the loved ones of Smith. She also offered prayers for police, the judge who issued the verdict and "citizens who find no comfort, or justice."

The mayor encouraged St. Louis residents to show each other compassion and recognize that they all "rise and fall together."

School and business closings

Several businesses and schools in or near downtown St. Louis closed early due to the verdict and resulting demonstrations.

Wells Fargo Advisors, brokerage and investment firm Stifel and Nestle Purina PetCare all sent thousands of employees home Friday.

Several schools also closed early and postponed events scheduled for Friday.

An Alzheimer's Walk scheduled for Saturday in downtown St. Louis was postponed.

Officials were concerned about the potential for unrest.

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