USA: 22 arrested in St. Louis shopping mall after protest over police shooting

At least 22 protesters were arrested at a St. Louis shopping mall on Saturday following the acquittal of a police officer in the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. Police attempted to disperse the people and arrested those who refused to leave. Former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley shot Smith to death in 2011, in what he claims was self-defence, believing that the 24-year-old... Еще African-American was reaching for a gun in his car. Whether Smith was in possession of a firearm remained the most controversial element of the case, with opponents arguing that the firearm found in Smith's vehicle was planted by the policeman in the aftermath of the shooting. The judges ruled that «an urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be an anomaly.»

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