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Video shows St. Louis Police officer Jason Stockley 2011 shooting of black man

September 22, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Video shows St. Louis Police officer Jason Stockley 2011 shooting of black man Jason Stockley (left, now 35) carried the personal rifle against department policy

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Newly released video shows St. Louis Police officer Jason Stockley shooting of black man

St. Louis Police officer Jason Stockley has been charged with the fatal shooting of a black man after the officer drew his personal AK-47 rifle and shot five times after a high-speed car pursuit.

According to the Fox News2 St Louis, the 35-year-old Stockley was charged back in May with first-degree murder in the December 2011 slaying of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith who was pulled over on suspicions that he was participating in a drug deal.

Smith fled, spurring a car chase that concluded with Stockley opening fire the suspect five times with his personal AK-47, which was equipped with a high-capacity drum magazine, according to KPLR 11.

Footage of the incident was dropped off at the police station by an unknown party. The videos are shot from two cameras inside of the officer’s car: one displaying the view through the windshield, another recording the rear seat.

The video begins with Stockley, who is the vehicle’s passenger seat, getting out, and walks over to Smith’s car which sped off. Smith had reportedly collided with the patrol car while he was trying to reverse away.

Prosecutors stated that Officer Jason Stockley fired his handgun at Smith as he fled, but this cannot be confirmed as there is no audio on this part of the video.

Stockley went back to the police car and turned on the audio on the video as he calls in “Shots fired” and a high-speed chase ensues.

The cops go beyond 80mph as they are speeding down wet streets, with driver Brian Bianchi at one point jumping a corner and smashing a tree head on.

Although the audio is muffled, prosecutors say that during the chase Stockley yelled: “…going to kill this mother-f****r, don’t you know it.”

As the end of the video approaches, Smith began to slow and swings toward the sidewalk, at which point Stockley stated: “Hit it” and the police car crashed into the back of Smith.

Jason Stockley (left, now 35) carried the personal rifle against department policy. He shot Smith (right, with daughter) five times after a car chase with his department-issued handgun

Jason Stockley (left, now 35) carried the personal rifle against department policy. He shot Smith (right, with daughter) five times after a car chase with his department-issued handgun

Stockley and Bianchi then surrounded the vehicle, with Stockley firing five times into the car with a firearm, hitting Smith each time.

The incident was initially ruled as justified after a .38-caliber Taurus revolver was discovered on Smith’s body, but prosecutors maintain that the gun only had Stockley’s DNA on it.

Stockley returned to his car, rummaged through his bags in the backseat, before soon returning to Smith’s vehicle, when the video ends.

A witness’ cell phone video shows the two cops removing Smith’s body from the car and laid him down on the road.

Officer Jason Stockley returned to Smith’s vehicle before getting into the driver’s seat and claimed that he obtained the revolver there.

Stockley allegedly unloaded the gun, which may explain the DNA, and his attorney argued that he was looking for a clot pack to stop Smith’s bleeding.

image from a police video obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shows then-St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley reaching into a duffle bag in the back seat of the police SUV after fatally shooting Anthony Lamar Smith

Image from a 2011 police video obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shows then-St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley reaching into a duffle bag in the back seat of the police SUV after fatally shooting Anthony Lamar Smith

But Smith’s fiancée told the St Louis Post-Dispatch that she believes that Stockley planted the firearm on Smith.

“Anthony didn’t have a gun with him that day, and if he had a gun, it wouldn’t be that revolver. That’s just not a gun that any young guy is going to carry,” she stated.

Despite the fact that the incident took place in 2011, it was only in May of this year that circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce charged Stockley with first-degree murder.

Dan Isom, the police chief at the time of the shooting said on May 18th that his detectives gave Joyce’s office evidence long ago.

“Police reports, forensic analysis, video and the autopsy have been available for four years. However, the circuit attorney in a criminal investigation had not reviewed any of this information until three weeks ago,” Isom said.

Joyce maintains that authorities only involved her in the case in 2012, and asked if Isom was so concerned, why Stockley was able to stay on the force until he left the department in 2013.

A federal judge has forbidden the release of the police reports and videos by lawyers who received it as part of a civil case in which the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners gave a $900,000 settlement for Smith’s young daughter.

Jason Stockley has been released on a $1 million bond secured by the St Louis Police Officers’ Association. Bianchi was not involved in wrongdoing and is still serving on the force.

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