White Judge Acquits White Cop of Murder, White Media Affirms: An experienced trial attorney will tell you that it is very difficult to get a judge to believe a cop is lying. The "inaccurate statement(s)" almost have to be totally outrageous before most judges will go there. A better strategy, especially if the litigant is Black, is to get the judge to believe the cop is incompetent in some way or just mistaken. Reality or anything too real (such as racism) in court is simply unbelievable to judges in the fake world created in court. Many racist cops are sophisticated, masterful liars who are taught how to testify and create persuasive, detailed police reports. Mixing actual facts with nonsense sounds & looks real in court.
White judges, prosecutors and the white media are eager and programmed to believe anything foul cops say about Blacks. In a case involving a "missing" or "planted" weapon and no video, like this one, the evidence would simply consist of a credibility contest between a sworn white police officer and a dead Black man who allegedly bought some drugs. Here, a white judge believed a Black man possessed a gun - though none of his fingerprints or DNA were found & only the accused murderer cop's prints & DNA were found. Why would a cop make it up? Because a judge will believe it.
I Wanted to Save the Black Man Not Murder Him. From [HERE] A white St. Louis, Missouri, circuit judge on Friday acquitted [ruling, PDF] a white police officer accused of first degree murder for the shooting of a black man. Jason Stockley was pursuing Anthony Lamar during a high-speed chase when evidence post-chase becomes inconclusive according to the court. Judge Timothy Wilson [official profile] stated that the prosecution did not meet its burden of proof. "This Court, as trier of fact, is simply not firmly convinced of defendant's guilt. Agonizingly, this Court has poured over the evidence again and again ... This Court, in conscience, cannot say that the State has proven every element of murder beyond a reasonable doubt or that the State has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant did not act in self-defense."
In 2013 the St. Louis police board settled a wrongful death suit with Smith’s survivors for $900,000. [MORE]
Dramatic footage — captured on the police vehicle dashcam, an internal vehicle camera and cell phone video of the shooting’s aftermath — has played a key role in the trial that began August 1 and ended a week later, according to CNN affiliate KMOV.
In its opening statement, the prosecution said the officer fired “a kill shot” 6 inches from Smith’s body, KMOV reported. Prosecutors accused Stockley of planting a silver revolver after the shooting, according to the station.
Video from the police vehicle’s in-car camera reportedly shows Stockley taking off his gloves before rummaging through a bag in the police vehicle.
The cellphone video — on which both men’s voices can be heard — shows key movements of police at the scene, including Stockley as he walks from Smith’s car and returns to the police SUV, where he leans into the back door. Then he goes back to Smith’s car and, immediately after the body is pulled out, climbs into the driver’s seat and stays there about 30 seconds. The view does not show the inside of the car.
Some believe that provided an opportunity for Stockley to retrieve and plant the weapon.
Stockley has said he started to get a “clot pack” from the police vehicle to treat Smith’s wounds - to save the Black man -but then realized it was futile.
Prosecutors said that’s when Stockley retrieved the gun, but it’s impossible to tell from video footage. Lab analysis of the gun showed only Stockley’s DNA on it.
Prior to trial, an unnamed Black witness said the officer tried to open Smith’s door at least twice, but couldn’t, and then backed up slightly and started firing into the vehicle.
“He didn’t even give that man a chance,” he said. “There were no words, he just shot into the car.” [MORE]
A video obtained by the Post-Dispatch shows about eight minutes immediately following the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, in December 2011.
Naturally, White Cops Says He Feared for His Life. Stockley and his partner, Brian Bianchi, tried to stop Smith after witnessing a suspected drug transaction in the parking lot of a Church’s Chicken restaurant around midday on December 20, 2011, according to an internal police department report that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained.
In the report, Stockley said Smith backed into their police SUV twice in an apparent attempt to harm them.
Bianchi told Stockley he believed Smith was reaching for a weapon, the report said. Stockley exited the police SUV, carrying his department-issued handgun, as well as his personal AK-47 pistol, which was against department policy to carry.
As Smith tried to speed away, knocking Stockley sideways, the officer fired several shots at the suspect’s vehicle, saying he feared for his life and the safety of others, the report said.
Stockley and Bianchi alerted police dispatch that shots had been fired and pursued Smith. At some point, the police vehicle crashed into Smith’s Buick in an attempt to avoid hitting a truck, the report said.
The officers were chasing Smith at speeds of more than 80 mph, according to the criminal complaint. It said Stockley was heard on video saying he was “going to kill this motherf***er” and told his partner, who was driving, to “hit him right now,” before the crash.
Smith was still alive after the crash when the officers approached his car with their weapons drawn. Stockley said in the internal report he ordered Smith to show his hands. He said he believed the suspect was reaching for a handgun between the center console and the passenger seat.
“In fear for my safety and that of my partner,” Stockley said in the report, “I discharged my department-issued firearm at the subject striking him in the chest.”
Stockley said he returned to the police SUV to retrieve materials to render first aid, but when he returned it “was a futile effort to save the subject’s life.”
Stockley then entered Smith’s car “to locate the weapon and render it safe,” the report said. He removed the ammunition from the silver revolver, he said in the report.
Forensic analysis revealed that Stockley’s was the only DNA present on the gun he said belonged to Smith, the criminal complaint said.
Stockley’s partner, Bianchi, has not been charged in the case.