The Stockley Verdict, Change and the Protesters

For African-Americans, the Stockley verdict is going to hurt for a long time.

Our society assumes that absent proof of malicious intent, a shooting by an officer was a good-faith judgment call made in the heat of the moment. We don’t put officers in jail for doing their job, even if their judgment call was tragically wrong.

The Stockley case was different. In the car chase before the shooting, the dashcam captures Stockley saying “we’re going to kill” the driver of the car. A minute later, that’s exactly what happened — Stockley shot and killed the driver, Anthony Lamar Smith. If ever there was proof of malicious intent, this would seem to have been it.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch October 2, 2017.  Continue Reading

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