New Evidence: Did St. Louis Cop Plant Gun After Shooting?

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A St. Louis police officer who killed a suspect has been accused of planting a gun in his victim’s car after new video of the shooting’s aftermath emerged, says the New York Daily News. Clips from police and surveillance footage obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch show what happened after officer Jason Stockley shot 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith in December 2011. Stockley was charged with murder earlier this year after prosecutors said that new evidence had emerged of the high speed chase that began with a suspected drug deal outside a chicken restaurant. Video and audio from inside the police car show the officer saying, “Going to kill this motherf—– don’t you know it” during the chase.

He and his partner eventually rammed Smith’s rented car with their SUV, and Stockley fired five rounds after walking up to the driver’s window. The officer said in a memo obtained by the Post-Dispatch that he saw a silver handgun in his hand when he was in his car at the restaurant, and that he believed Smith was reaching for a gun after the crash. He wrote that he found the silver handgun between the center console and passenger’s seat and unloaded it. However, court documents say that only Stockley’s DNA was found on the gun, and relatives of Smith say that it was planted in the car by the officer himself. After the shooting Stockley is seen returning his personal AK-47-style pistol, which he was not authorized to carry, back to his police SUV.

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