Just hours after his acquittal and ensuing protests that are filling the streets of St. Louis, Jason Stockley gives and exclusive interview.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch has the interview.
After almost six years, a judge confirmed Friday what Jason Stockley had always believed: He was not guilty of murder.
“It feels like a burden has been lifted, but the burden of having to kill someone never really lifts,” he said during an interview Friday. “The taking of someone’s life is the most significant thing one can do, and it’s not done lightly. … My main concern now is for the first responders, the people just trying to go to work and the protesters. I don’t want anyone to be hurt in any way over this.”
Stockley, 36, who now lives in Houston, was charged last year with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24. The shooting happened Dec. 20, 2011, as a police chase ended at West Florissant and Acme avenues.
The rest of the interview chronicles the moments of the incident in detail. And the rationale for the verdict. Stockley feels it was important to speak out, and quickly because he is innocent and no one should fear speaking the truth if they are innocent.