St Louis officer cleared in shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith

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Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson made the ruling in favor of the defense despite the prosecution's argument that former Officer Jason Stockley carried out a premeditated plan to kill Smith.

National, state and local elected officials have weighed in on the acquittal of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011.

Prosecutors argued Stockley meant to kill Smith, citing audio from the internal police vehicle camera during the auto chase in which he told his partner, "We're killing this motherf***er".

Prosecutors accused him of planting the gun in Smith's auto in order to justify the shooting, pointing out that Stockley's DNA was found on the gun, but not Smith's.

"A judge shall not be swayed by partisan interests, public clamor or fear of criticism ..."

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Stockley originally said he wanted to kill Smith - whom police had pursued on suspicion of him taking part in a drug deal - in the wake of a vehicle chase that lasted for around three miles before he and his fellow officers caught up to Smith.

From looking at footage from the scene, the judge wrote that "Stockley did not perceive Smith to be an imminent threat while he was initially interacting with Smith through the driver's window after the pursuit, but only after fifteen seconds had passed during which Smith was ordered to show his hands and open the door, and only when Stockley believed Smith had located the gun". According to the statement, Stockley is heard on police cruiser camera saying he was "going to kill this [expletive], don't you know it". The St. Louis County health department canceled its free flu shot clinics scheduled for Saturday and September 23. But the department and all involved officers admitted no wrongdoing, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Stockley got out armed with an AK-47, which he had against the Police Department's orders, and walked up to Smith's vehicle firing five times at point-blank range.

On Friday, the judge took the side of the former officer who resigned in 2013. Missouri law requires that prosecutors prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Stockley was NOT acting in self-defense or the defense of others when he killed Smith. A case in OH twice ended with hung juries, and prosecutors have decided not to seek a third trial. He is freed from jail after the St. Louis Police Officers Association, the union representing most St. Louis officers, posts $100,000 of his $1 million bail.

Mr Stockley said he was retrieving some equipment to administer first aid. Stockley said over the police radio that Smith, fired a gun.

Stockley's attorney, Neil Bruntrager, argued that Smith, a 24-year-old parole violator with previous convictions for gun and drug crimes, tried to run over the two officers. Stockley said he climbed into Smith's auto and found a revolver between the center console and passenger seat.

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