St. Louis Officer Stockley Acquitted of Murder of Alexander Smith

Last Friday St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley was acquitted at a bench trial of first-degree murder charges in the 2011 shooting death of Alexander Smith. Stockley is white, Smith was black.  The shooting occurred after Smith led Stockley and other officers on a high-speed chase following an apparent parking lot drug transaction, and as Smith reached for a gun after crashing to a stop. The acquittal, as per SOP, has led to professional and …

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