Cop Jason Stockley, whose acquittal fueled St. Louis riots, speaks out without shame: ‘I did nothing wrong’

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Former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley speaks out: “I did not murder Anthony Lamar Smith.” (Images: St. Louis PD)

Jason Stockley, the former police officer whose acquittal sparked three days of riots and protests in St. Louis, says he did not murder Anthony Lamar Smith.

“I did nothing wrong,” Stockley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “If you’re telling the truth and you’ve been wrongly accused, you should shout it from a mountaintop.”

Stockley, 36, was acquitted by Judge Timothy Wilson of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, a 24-year-old black man with a lengthy police record. During his 28 years on the bench, Judge Wilson has ruled both for and against police.

Before the shooting, Smith had led police on an extended car chase over a suspected drug deal. Smith had previously been convicted of dealing drugs and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was out on probation on a theft charge the day he died.

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Stockley now lives in Houston, Texas, and has changed careers. He said the taking of someone’s life is agonizing, but he did his job and did not murder Smith or plant a gun on him, as prosecutors alleged.

While he’s pleased he was acquitted, Stockley is saddened by the riots in St. Louis, and is worried for police officers who are being attacked by anti-police protesters like Black Lives Matter.

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Jason Stockley’s acquittal sparked two days of riots and protests in St. Louis. (Image: Twitter)

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Black Lives Matter thugs assaulted this reporter in St. Louis because he’s white. (Image: BPP screengrab)

“It feels like a burden has been lifted, but the burden of having to kill someone never really lifts,” Stockley said. “The taking of someone’s life is the most significant thing one can do, and it’s not done lightly.”

He continued: “My main concern now is for the first responders, the people just trying to go to work, and the protesters. I don’t want anyone to be hurt in any way over this.”

Stockley said he understands the anger protesters feel, but the fury directed at him and the police is misplaced. “I can feel for, and I understand, what the family is going through, and I know everyone wants someone to blame, but I’m just not the guy,” he said.

Looking back, Stockley said the only thing he would have done differently was to “take the day off” on the day of Smith’s shooting.

Given how the events unfolded that day, he’s not sure the outcome could have been different. “I don’t know how changing any number of my actions that day would have changed the outcome,” he said.

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As Black Lives Matter and clueless leftists protest police brutality, they ignore the staggering number of African-Americans who are killed in St. Louis, the murder capital of the United States.

Where are the protests? Do black lives not matter when other blacks take them?

Every weekend, there are countless shootings/murders in Chicago, the hometown of Barack Obama. Almost all are black-on-black crimes. Where’s the outrage over these senseless murders?

  • 5 killed, 31 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings (Sept. 11)
  • 8 dead, at least 35 wounded in Chicago Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3)
  • 7 dead, 25 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago (Aug. 28)
  • 65 people shot, 9 killed in Chicago over the weekend (Aug. 21)
  • 9 killed, at least 33 wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago (Aug. 14)
  • 3 Killed, at least 29 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings (Aug. 7)
  • 4-year-old boy among 35 people shot in Chicago weekend violence (July 31).

Meanwhile, here’s some reaction from Twitter:

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