In December 2011, white St. Louis PD officer Jason Stockley shot and killed black suspect Anthony Lamar Smith after a short police chase, originating at a Church’s Chicken.
The details of the shooting and just how much of a good shoot it was are dubious.
Note: don’t get caught on video saying you are going to “kill that motherfucker” before a shooting then claim self defense afterwards. Even if you are right, it looks bad.
The not guilt verdict made by the judge in the murder trial of Jason Stockley has resulted in protests.
On Friday, the Saint Louis Board of Alderman honored Anthony Lamar Smith with that highest honor they could bestow.
That almost brings a tear to your eye.
However, they left out a few details.
Smith pled guilty once in January 2010 for possession and intent to distribute marijuana.
Earlier, in 2007, he pled guilty to illegal possession of a firearm.
In 2010, he was sentenced to prison for five years on the drug charge and three years on the weapons charge, to be served at the same time.
He served 14 months and was released on parole in May 2011, almost seven months to the day before he was shot.
It has also been said that Smith was “known to have a gun on him.”
In fact, Judge Timothy Wilson even wrote in his ruling that “an urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be an anomaly.”
During the trial, we learned that a baggie with capsules of heroin were found in Smith’s car, and that only Smith’s DNA was found on the drugs.
So, it is true that heroin was found in Smith’s car, but he was not convicted of dealing heroin.
So… a drug dealer with a criminal record and history of illegal firearms possession, who had heroin and possibly a gun on him at the time of the shooting – according to the city of St. Louis – was a nice boy who worked at McDonalds and won awards for sportsmanship and wanted to be a clothing designer.
Way back in 2014, I coined a phrase in the comments of this blog that Miguel turned into a post.
The Board of Alderman has officially beatified Anthony Lamar Smith.
Saint Lamar Smith of Church’s now joins the canon of Saint Brown of Ferguson and Saint Martin of Sanford.