This is as criminal as they get! He shot Lamar Smith then went to his car to drop off his AK-47 and “rummage through his bag?”
Video from a police SUV and a business, obtained by the Post-Dispatch, provide the most complete picture yet of a shooting in which a former St. Louis police officer is charged with murder.
Included are store surveillance video of the attempt by Officers Jason Stockley and Brian Bianchi to arrest drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith on Dec. 20, 2011, and a police recording of a pursuit that ends with a crash and Stockley shooting Smith.
Stockley, now 35, who left the force in 2013, was charged this year with first-degree murder based on what Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce’s office said was new evidence that she did not disclose. Bianchi was not accused of wrongdoing and remains on the force.
A federal judge had issued a protective order forbidding release of the material by lawyers who obtained it as part of a civil suit in which the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners paid a $900,000 settlement in 2013 for Smith’s young daughter. In August, the judge turned down a request from the Post-Dispatch to lift the order. Joyce had told the judge she did not want the material released.
The Post-Dispatch obtained copies of videos and reports from someone not otherwise involved in the legal proceedings, who said he had received them anonymously. A Post-Dispatch reporter who viewed the police video years earlier, but was not then allowed to have a copy, said the one recently received appeared to be the same one.
Also included were some reports and memos from the investigation, crime scene and evidence photos, and a recording of an OnStar vehicle assistance system operator who tried to get a response from Smith after the crash.
Some information, including Social Security numbers, addresses and other personal information, was already redacted from the documents.
Joyce filed a murder complaint against Stockley in May and obtained an indictment in August. He remains free on $1 million bail, secured by the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, and stays with relatives in Illinois. A trial setting hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3.
Court documents claim that Stockley spoke during the pursuit of killing Smith.
The documents also say tests revealed Stockley’s DNA — but not Smith’s — on the .38-caliber Taurus revolver police said was found in Smith’s car.
Stockley told investigators he fired when Smith reached for that weapon. The officer told investigators he unloaded the revolver as a safety precaution after the shooting.
Activists and Smith’s relatives claim that Stockley planted the weapon.
This sounds like it comes straight out of a movie.
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