From the Associated Press:
St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson determined Friday that prosecutors failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Jason Stockley’s use of deadly force was not justifiable self-defense. Anthony Lamar Smith was killed in the 2011 encounter.
You may remember that police dashcam video captured Stockley saying, “going to kill this (expletive), don’t you know it!”
You may remember that the gun Stockley claimed Smith was pointing at him had Stockley’s – not Smith’s – DNA on it.
The Republican prosecutor barely bothered to lay out a half-ass case that the police officer intentionally killed the black man and then planted a gun, before the Republican judge, and, surprise, surprise, the officer was found not guilty.
Sweet justice. Don’t ya just love it…
“Thus, cases of injustice, and oppression, and tyranny, and the most extravagant bigotry, are in constant occurrence among us every day. It is the custom to trumpet forth much wonder and astonishment at the chief actors therein setting at defiance so completely the opinion of the world; but there is no greater fallacy; it is precisely because they do consult the opinion of their own little world that such things take place at all, and strike the great world dumb with amazement.” – Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby