St Louis Police Use Pepper Spray on Protesters After Officer Acquitted in Fatal Shooting

StoryfulNewsPublished: September 15, 2017
Published: September 15, 2017

Protesters were pepper sprayed by police during a demonstration in downtown St. Louis on Friday, September 15, after a judge acquitted a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man. Former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley, who is white, was found not guilty of first-degree murder for killing Anthony Lamar Smith, a drug suspect who was black, while on duty in December 2011. The shooting was after a car chase that ended in a crash. Protesters quickly started marching following the verdict and had tried to shut down the highway. Dozens of police officers on bicycles blocked the protesters from reaching the freeway. Police were seen in riot gear during the demonstration, and news reports said officers used pepper spray on protesters. The video is said to show protesters after being sprayed by police. Credit: Twitter/Kelly Dutton via Storyful

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