BREAKING: Violent ‘Black Lives Matter’ thugs have taken over St. Louis and are terrorizing citizens while they burn down businesses.
Jason Stockley, a white former St. Louis police officer was found not-guilty, on Friday, of first degree murder in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man, who was shot and killed after a 2011 high speed chase.
The judge’s not guilty verdict caused an uproar among Black Lives Matter groups and other people in the city. More than 1,000 violent rioters planted themselves on the lawn of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, broke windows and threw red paint at the house. At least ten officers were injured trying to control the crowd.
According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it is not known if Krewson was home during the attack on her home. Earlier on Friday men were spotted carrying rifles while walking with a group of protesters in downtown St. Louis. The police said at that moment they no longer considered the protest peaceful. Two hundred riot police were sent in late Friday.
Friday evening, the St. Louis interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said nine city officers were hurt, along with one State Highway Patrol Officer. One officer had a broken jaw and another a dislocated shoulder. The police department have a video of protesters damaging a police vehicle.
Prosecutors on the case tried to say former Officer Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car, but Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson wasn’t having any of it. Stockley’s lawyer, Neil Bruntranger, said that not only were the officers nearly run over, Smith fled in his car, refused to cooperate and reached for his gun in the passenger seat.
Judge Wilson said that in his thirty years on the bench, “an urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be anomaly.”
Stockley is a West Point graduate and an Iraq war veteran. He could have faced life in prison without parole if convicted.