Documentary filmmakers sue over arrest at St. Louis protest

2 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, September 28 2017 Sep 28, 2017 Thursday, September 28, 2017 10:59:00 AM CDT September 28, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two documentary filmmakers are suing the city of St. Louis and three officers after the filmmakers were arrested at a protest following the acquittal of a white former police officer Jason Stockley in the death of a black man, Anthony Lamar Smith.

Drew and Jennifer Burbridge of Kansas City, Missouri, filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday. Among other things, it alleges Drew Burbridge was assaulted by officers to the point of unconsciousness.

A spokesman for St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on Thursday declined comment.

The couple was among about 120 people taken into custody in a mass arrest on Sept. 17, two days after a judge ruled that Jason Stockley was not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

The arrests have resulted in an ACLU lawsuit and prompted widespread complaints.

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