November 22, 2017

White ex-St. Louis cop acquitted in black suspect's killing

17 September 2017, 03:44 | Winston Chapman

Judge still weighing fate of former St. Louis policeman charged with murder

Gov. Eric Greitens speaks on Monday Sept. 11 2017 before meeting with two dozen clergy about possible protests if a former police officer is found not guilty of murder. The Rev. Anthony Witherspoon hosted the meeting as his church

U2 cancelled their St Louis concert amid fears that protests over the acquittal of a white police officer who shot dead a black man in 2011, might endanger fans of the Irish rock band.

The band doesn't want to risk anyone's public safety by having the concert, and so things are off, at least for tonight.

The statement said the cancellation was "the only acceptable course of action in the current environment".

According to prosecutors, Stockley, who is white, shot Smith, who is black, five times following a vehicle chase and then allegedly planted a gun in Smith's auto following the shooting.

However, over 20 arrests were made by Friday night, and 10 police officers sustained injuries by the end of the evening, according to The Associated Press.

St. Louis City and County police officers are working 12-hour shifts beginning today in response to expected protests.

Cops were preparing for another wave of protests Saturday.

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Saturday's demonstrations were markedly calmer after almost three dozen people were arrested the day before, mostly for failure to disperse, resisting and interfering.

Greitens has taken initial steps to activate the Missouri National Guard in St. Louis if needed.

Police said they had to use tear gas and pepper balls on the crowd after some officers were hurt by thrown bricks.

Prosecutors said Stockley shot Smith four times quickly, then shot him "execution style" at close range to kill him. The promoter was also informed that the local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.

During the pursuit, Stockley could be heard saying on an internal police auto video he was going to kill Smith, prosecutors said.

After falling down, people can be seen trying to help the lady, who was wearing red blouse and a skirt, but are pushed back by the police officers.

Smith was shot 5 times in his auto after trying to escape from Stockley and his partner who were following him on an alleged drug deal.

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