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.
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.
“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.
— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) September 15, 2017
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.
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?
2016: #StLouis named murder capital of America.
Mostly black on black. Where were the riots. https://t.co/6V41VOWUU9
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) September 16, 2017
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:
Yo, #BlackLivesMatter, wave a magic wand. Racism's GONE! Does this solve the FACT that nearly 50% of America's homicides are black-on-black?
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) September 16, 2017
Hey, #BlackLivesMatter, wave a magic wand. Racism's GONE! Does that solve the No. 1 problem: that 75% of black kids are born out of wedlock?
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) September 16, 2017
— Deplored Warrior (@TNeliton) September 16, 2017
Repeat. All Black LIES Matter rioters report to Chicago NOW to protest black on black violence if black lives matter https://t.co/4V2sSQSn2Z
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) September 17, 2017
— ABC News (@ABC) September 17, 2017
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) September 17, 2017
— Unnamed Source 🇺🇸 (@Gregmichael78) September 16, 2017
— Lisa Brown (@LisaBrownSTL) September 17, 2017
When the O.J. Simpson jury ignored facts, logic and common sense to cut loose a double murderer, where did white people riot?#StLouisRiots
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) September 17, 2017
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