An update to the previous post: The verdict came down this morning on the case of Jason Stockley, a West Point graduate and Iraq war veteran:
The judge’s ruling and the full explanation of his verdict is found here.
The officer-involved shooting occurred in 2011. At the time, there were state, local, and federal investigations (headed by the Obama DOJ and FBI).
All authorities declined to prosecute.
The family has already received a nearly million dollar settlement in the case, as the result of a lawsuit filed on behalf of the deceased’s minor child.
Nevertheless, last year the St. Louis Circuit Attorney decided to press a first degree murder charge against the former officer, who had resigned and moved out of state years ago. The former officer returned to stand trial, choosing a bench trial rather than trial by jury.
As promised, civil unrest quickly followed the verdict this morning. Downtown St. Louis streets were shut down by protesters, but so far they’ve been blocked by police from entering interstate highways to interfere with traffic.
Currently, protesters are marching through the streets, gathering outside various public buildings and promising to “shut down” the City and the local economy. There’s been at least one arrest so far for destruction of property and “failure to obey” police orders.
Obviously well orchestrated (choreographed, according to a local reporter), these protests feature many of the usual suspects–all known “community activists” who were seen at the destructive protests in nearby Ferguson, MO, a few years ago.
Protesters are being separated by race by organizers, according to a local FOX news reporter, with whites being asked to go to a different location (i.e. City Hall) from black marchers, presumably to stage-manage what the media will portray in photos and videos.
Events planned for the weekend are being canceled or rescheduled (e.g., Moonlight Ramble and an Alzheimer’s Walk). Schools are being closed. (A snowflake day?) Businesses are dismissing employees early. Other large events, such as a balloon race and a U2 concert, scheduled for tomorrow and Sunday are still on, despite that the events are expected to draw thousands of citizens.
The National Guard has been mobilized, but not yet seen on the streets. Police, media say, are taking a “hands off” attitude, allowing “peaceful protests” in the streets, even though no permit was issued and protesters were given a downtown park in which to protest. So, there’s a “quasi-stand down” in effect.
One must wonder whether the same courtesy would be given to protesters on the other end of the political spectrum who deliberately shut down busy city intersections at rush hour. Imagine if these were “white supremacists” (instead of black supremacists?).
The Democrat mayor said in a statement that she remains “appalled by the death” of the man who was shot (despite that he was engaged in a drug deal and led officers on a 3-mile-long high speed chase while in possession of a firearm, after twice ramming their car and nearly hitting one officer with his car).
Let’s hope and pray that these “protests” are peaceful and that, as day becomes night, what happened in Ferguson after dark does not repeat itself. Pray for the safety of the citizens of St. Louis.
It’s long past time for the law to catch up with this new style of “peaceful protest.” Legislation is required to protect the rights of other citizens to not be impeded by protesters bent upon blocking roads and deliberately disrupting their day. Laws should also be developed to recompense business people that lose money when orchestrated mobs deliberately target their businesses. Do “peaceful protesters” have a right to financially harm other citizens? NO!
Again, pray for the safety of the people and law enforcement officers in St. Louis, MO.