Jason Stockley, the former St. Louis police officer acquitted Friday of shooting a man to death while on duty in 2011, said in an exclusive interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that prosecutors should not have filed charges against him.
Stockley, who graduated from Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, told the newspaper: “Jennifer Joyce made an emotional decision for personal and political reasons, not a legal one.”
Joyce is the former St. Louis Circuit Attorney who decided to pursue charges against Stockley in May 2016, and Stockley told the Post-Dispatch that three weeks prior to his case, demonstrators protested at Joyce’s home about a different police shooting.
Stockley, who has moved to Texas, told the Post-Dispatch: “It feels like a burden has been lifted, but the burden of having to kill someone never really lifts.”
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After the Stockley verdict was released Friday, protestors took to the streets of downtown St. Louis and in the Central West End.