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Read elected officials' statements on the Stockley verdict

Sep 15, 2017

National, state and local elected officials have weighed in on the acquittal of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011.

U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, said he was outraged.

“Once again, another young Black man dies at the hands of a police officer…with no consequences,” Clay wrote, adding that Smith’s family and the community was denied justice. Lacy Clay also echoed Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner in saying the region must demand changes in law enforcement, citing a bill he introduced in Congress that would mandate increased sensitivity training for police officers to help them de-escalate potentially violent situations.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said she was “appalled at what happened to Smith” and sobered by the outcome, urging people to show each other compassion.

Read what local elected officials have said below:

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri

State Rep. Michael Butler, D-St. Louis

U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis
Republican Gov. Eric Greitens

Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley

St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones, Democrat

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, Democrat

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri
St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed, Democrat

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, Democrat