Transcript for Protests in St. Louis after former officer is acquitted
Violent protests in the streets in St. Louis after a white former police officer was acquitted in the shooting death of a black man. Demonstrators even targeting the mayor’s own home. Alex Perez joins us with more on the violence and what that former officer is saying about the shooting. Alex, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Paula. Most of those demonstrators remaining peaceful but a small group overnight turing violent, even breaking the windows at this restaurant and throwing bricks at police officers. Overnight hundreds of demonstrators taking to the streets in St. Louis. [ Chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot” ] Reporter: Arresting more than 30. This is crazy. Reporter: Protesters coming out voicing their anger against at quital of Jason Stockley charged with killing Anthony Smith. Change has to come and has to come now. Reporter: Jason Stockley speaking out overnight. I can tell you with absolute certainty that there was no plan to murder Anthony Smith during a high-speed vehicle pursuit. Reporter: That 2011 pursuit caught on camera. Stockley with his partner approaching and soon chasing after their suspect. Smith’s vehicle crashing into a telephone pole. During the high speed chase Stockley can be heard said we’re killing this expletive, don’t you know. Gunfire followed soon thereafter. Smith was left dead. Jason Stockley later testifying he saw Smith with a gun. A firearm was recovered but prosecutors argued Stockley planted that weapon. Video after the shooting shows Stockley digging into ace bag in the backseat of his cruiser. I did not murder Anthony Lamar Smith. Reporter: Making it clear in the interview that his actions were warranted. Taking of a life is the most significant thing that one can do and it’s not something that is done lightly. It was an imminent threat to my life. I had to. Reporter: That explanation not sitting well with protesters. Reporter: The home of the mayor of St. Louis bearing the brunt of some people’s anger, bright red paint splattered across the home’s exterior. Windows broken by hurled rocks. And authorities say ten officers were injured in the protest. Two of them so seriously they had to be hospitalized. Dan, Paula. Quite a scene outside the mayor’s home. We want to move to Florida
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