Police take 126 into custody in protests over the not-guilty verdict in the murder trial of former patrolman Jason Stockley, who shot and killed drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011, after a high-speed chase. Stockley is white and Smith was black.
St. Louis police took scores of people into custody Tuesday night after a group of protesters blocked the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64. The protesters chanted: “We don’t see a riot here. Why are you in riot gear?” and “Touch one, touch all.” Alderman John Collins-Muhammad said 126 people were taken into custody, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
State Rep. Bruce Franks and the Rev. Starsky Wilson were apparently among those arrested. Franks has been one of the leaders of ongoing protests that have followed the not-guilty verdict last month in the murder trial of former city patrolman Jason Stockley, who shot and killed drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011, after a high-speed chase. Stockley is white and Smith was black. Wilson was co-chairman of the Ferguson Commission, which was set up to offer suggestions for how to move forward after the unrest the followed the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson in 2014.