Protests after ex-police officer in Missouri found 'not guilty' over black man's death
Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of St Louis Missouri after a white former police officer was acquitted Friday in the 2011 death of a black man who was fatally shot following a high-speed chase.
Feelings have been running high in the city even before the verdict was announced.
Ahead of the acquittal, activists had threatened civil disobedience if Jason Stockley were not convicted, including possible efforts to shut down highways. Barricades went up last month around police headquarters, the courthouse where the trial was held and other potential protest sites. Protesters were on the march within hours of the decision.
The judge who decided the matter declared that he would not be swayed by "partisan interests, public clamor or fear of criticism."
The case played out not far from the suburb of Ferguson, which was the scene of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was killed by a white police officer in 2014.
That officer was never charged and eventually resigned. Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder, insisted he saw Anthony Lamar Smith holding a gun and felt he was in imminent danger. Prosecutors said the officer planted a gun in Smith's car after the shooting. The officer asked the case to be decided by a judge instead of a jury."Source: Google News