Since Friday, hundreds of people have been arrested protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who killed Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011 after a car chase.
Before the shooting, Stockley was recorded saying “I’m going to kill this m*********er, don’t you know it”. The officer was also carrying an illegal AK-47, and prosecutors made the case that he planted a handgun on Smith after shooting him.
How to help efforts for police accountability in St. Louis
Support the legal fund for activists calling for police accountability.
Urge St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson (314.622.3201) to quickly reschedule the 3 postponed town halls originally scheduled for this week, as now is the time she and the public most need to be in dialogue. You might also want to mention your concern with the way Interim Police Commissioner Lawrence O'Toole's officers have handled the most recent protests: trampling a grandmother, using the illegal practice of “kettling”, and themselves chanting “whose streets, our streets.”
It also wouldn’t hurt to drop Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens a line (573.751.3222) to let him know the world is watching when he pins tweets like this one, of police in riot gear manhandling a protester, along with his caption: “Saturday, some criminals broke windows & thought they'd get away. They were wrong. Officers caught ‘em, cuffed ‘em, and threw ‘em in jail.”