Read elected officials' statements on the Stockley verdict

Read elected officials' statements on the Stockley verdict

Governor Eric Greitens activated the state's National Guard on Thursday, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department announced that its officers would be working 12-hour shifts in case of unrest in the aftermath. The tweet also said rocks were being thrown at the buses. The bus backed up and protesters again tried to stop it, with a few throwing water bottles. The demonstrators were ordered to disperse.

On Dec. 20, 2011, Stockley and his partner, Brian Bianchi, pursued Smith, 24, in a mile-long vehicle chase after spotting him in what they suspected was a drug transaction.

He shot Smith 45 seconds after that, prosecutors said. Stockley's partner was driving the police SUV, which chased Smith at more than 80 miles per hour.

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". At Stockley's direction, the driver of the police auto slammed into Smith's vehicle and they came to a stop, court documents said. Stockley is accused in the 2011 killing of Lamar Smith following a high-speed chase.

Bianchi told him Smith was reaching for a weapon, the report said.

"Anthony Smith didn't deserve to die on December 20, 2011, but Jason Stockley took his life anyway and tried to cover it up", Levinson said. He said the ruling showed prejudice, pointing to a line where the judge wrote that an "urban heroin dealer" without a weapon would be an anomaly.

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The highly anticipated verdict caused for preparations to be made outside of the courthouse. In late August, local activists called for a "mass disruption" if Stockley is acquitted. "It's very noble work", Gardner added.

"Ask ourselves how we might feel if it were our son, daughter, mother, father, or friend at the center of this legal decision".

But in his ruling, Wilson said the prosecution's argument was "not supported by the evidence".

Preparations for possible protests are set in St. Louis, where a judge may rule Friday in the murder trial of a white former police officer who fatally shot a black suspect. "THIS AIN'T RIGHT" In recent years grand juries have declined to charge officers involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, which set of nights of violent protest in Ferguson, and the choking death of Eric Garner, 43, in NY. The judge in July granted the defense's motion for a waiver of jury trial. Prosecutors argued that a revolver found in Smith's auto had been planted by Stockley to justify the shooting, but the gun was never seen from the multiple cameras that captured Stockley and other officers at the scene. When Stockley approached, one of the men ran off and Smith fled in his vehicle.

If this is the first time you're hearing about Stockley's case, it's because the shooting happened in 2011. "Antonio French, a witness for the state, testified that the gun shots were in rapid succession and that one shot was not separated in time from the other shots". Bruntrager said there was no visual evidence of Stockley with the gun prosecutors allege he planted.

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