In December 2011, 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith was shot and killed by police in St. Louis, Missouri.
The police chased his car for about 3 minutes. They claim they saw him involved in a drug deal. The chase ended after a patrol car crashed into Smith’s car. On the dashcam footage, one of the police officers can be heard telling his partner that he intends to kill Smith.
The police officer approached Smith’s car and asked him to get out. Smith allegedly refused to obey the commands of a police officer. After that, the officer fired at Smith 5 times. He died on the scene.
In 2017, the prosecutor’s office did not charge the police officer and justified the shooting. The decision of the prosecutor’s office sparked mass protests, which were violently suppressed by the police.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
St. Louis Public Radio case overview writes: “[Officer] Stockley claimed he fired in self-defense. Police found a gun in Smith’s car, but only Stockley’s DNA was on it, leading to accusations the officer had planted the weapon.”
Stockley was charged with armed criminal action, first-degree murder and planting the gun in Smith’s car. But the judge on the case, Judge Timothy Wilson, stated, “an urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be an anomaly.” Wilson decided that it could not be proven that Stockley acted in a way other than for self-defense.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.