Pastors question why police shooting charges took so long

9 months 3 weeks 2 days ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:28:01 AM CDT in News
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch ,St. Louis ,Missouri
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several members of the St. Louis-area clergy are questioning why it took four years for murder charges to be filed against a former city police officer who fatally shot a suspect.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that representatives of two Baptist organizations, the NAACP and the ACLU on Monday demanded more accountability.

Drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith was killed by then-officer Jason Stockley in December 2011. Stockley was charged earlier this year with first-degree murder.

Stockley told investigators he fired after Smith reached for a gun. Smith's supporters say the gun was planted.

A video posted by the Post-Dispatch this month included footage from inside the police SUV as Stockley and his partner chased Smith's car. Court documents say Stockley is heard threatening to kill Smith.

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