Six years ago, officer Jason Stockley fatally shot 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith after a high-speed car chase that began as an attempted drug bust, the news outlet writes. Stockley was acquitted of first-degree murder and other criminal charges on Friday, despite video evidence of Stockley saying he would kill Smith and video showing him apparently planting a gun in Smith’s car after shooting the suspect.
On Saturday, scores of peaceful demonstrators walked the streets of downtown St. Louis to express their dismay over the case’s outcome. “Eventually I just had to come out and do something,” a protester told CNN. “It feels like a parade for peace.”
As the demonstration continued, chaos ensued. According to CNN, a group of demonstrators threw rocks, bricks, and projectiles with paint at law enforcement officials who were trying to break up the large crowd. Other protesters reportedly broke storefront windows of local businesses. Police officials say nine people were arrested following the mayhem on Saturday night.
The events that occurred on Saturday mirrored some of what took place during the demonstration on Friday, including spurts of violence in the midst of a peaceful protest. According to a tweet posted by the St. Louis, Missouri police department, 33 people were arrested and 11 law enforcement officials were injured on Friday, reports the source.
Smith’s loved ones say they will continue to fight for justice. “(My son) wasn’t wrong. I felt like the verdict was wrong,” said his mother, Annie Smith, according to CNN. “The judge made the wrong decision. … Justice wasn’t served. I (didn’t) get … justice. I could never be at peace.”
Racial tensions in Missouri have been heightened since the death of Michael Brown—an unarmed Black teenager who was fatally shot by a White police officer in 2014.