Jason Stockley Verdict


In 2011, former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was charged with first-degree murder after fatally shooting Anthony Lamar Smith Smith following a high-speed chase. On September 15, 2017, St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson's verdict was released to the public. Stockley was found not guilty.

Shortly after the decision was announced, protestors took to the streets to voice their frustration and anger. Protests have occurred for several days throughout metro St. Louis, from the West County Center in Des Peres to the St. Louis City Justice Center downtown. See all of St. Louis Magazine's coverage of the case and the community's response to the verdict below.


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The preliminary injunction lays out restrictions on declaring unlawful assembly and use of such chemical agents as pepper spray. more

Nov 15, 2017 3:00 PM News


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"I’m not going to ever say that every action Anthony Lamar Smith took was correct. But it didn’t warrant a death sentence." more

Oct 19, 2017 3:18 AM News

St. Louis' mayor has caught flak from both sides since the Stockley verdict—and her home's windows were smashed. Her response? "That just comes with the territory." more

Oct 19, 2017 3:12 AM News


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After serving with the St. Louis County Police Department for three decades, Byron “Sarge” Watson is now a police chaplain. He was a member of the Ferguson Commission. more

Oct 19, 2017 3:08 AM News

The longtime judge has served on the bench for 25 years. more

Oct 13, 2017 3:31 PM News

St. Louis needs broader participation, informed officials, and stronger communities to move toward racial equity, says CEO Rev. Starsky Wilson. more

Sep 29, 2017 3:38 PM News


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During the forum on Thursday night, citizens voiced concerns to a panel of elected officials, including Treasurer Tishaura Jones, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, State Rep. Bruce Franks, and 5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge. more

Sep 29, 2017 9:36 AM Politics


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Can people protest on private property? And when can the government legally order an assembly or speech to stop? more

Sep 27, 2017 1:09 PM News

At a St. Louis County Council meeting on Tuesday, nearly 30 speakers voiced concerns about police conduct during arrests made at the Saint Louis Galleria this past weekend. In downtown St. Louis, protesters marched to Busch Stadium. more

Sep 27, 2017 9:54 AM News


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What joy and fear and cognitive dissonance have to do with demonstrations more

Sep 26, 2017 12:00 AM News 1 Comments

Demonstrations also took place at the St. Louis Airport Marriott, where Steve Bannon had a speaking event, as well as in Belleville. more

Sep 25, 2017 8:05 AM News

On Saturday afternoon, protesters marched through the Richmond Heights shopping center and in front of businesses in nearby Brentwood and Clayton. more

Sep 24, 2017 8:44 AM News


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More than 100 demonstrators walked and chanted through the historic district. more

Sep 22, 2017 11:56 PM News


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Five timely takeaways from the 204-page report more

Sep 22, 2017 10:51 AM News

On Thursday night, a group of primarily white protesters gathered outside Busch Stadium. “It’s been encouraging to see all the white people out, because it isn’t just a black issue,” said one demonstrator. more

Sep 21, 2017 11:27 PM News


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Police reported more than 150 "arrests made during demonstrations" during the past weekend. Here's a closer look at the data. more

Sep 21, 2017 2:43 PM News


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On Wednesday evening, several hundred people temporarily blocked traffic on Brentwood Boulevard in protest of ex-cop Jason Stockley's acquittal. more

Sep 21, 2017 7:25 AM News


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At Wednesday night's forum, demonstrators held up banners and, at one point, projected a video of police appearing to pepper-spray and arrest protesters Sunday night. more

Sep 21, 2017 7:09 AM News 2 Comments

Sommers says he's received threats, fake carry-out orders, and "blatant lies" on Yelp about his pizzeria after posting critical comments on social media about St. Louis police. more

Sep 20, 2017 2:35 PM News 3 Comments


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Earlier in the day, Mayor Lyda Krewson announced that she was postponing tonight's town hall meeting, and Webster University students staged a demonstration on campus. more

Sep 19, 2017 7:21 PM News