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Sep 19

Necessary Blackness Podcast 36: Jason Stockley Not Guilty Verdict: How Did It Happen?

Necessary Blackness Podcast host Rahiem Shabazz and co-host Ashton Breon talk about the unjustified acquittal of police officer Jason Stockley of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith.

Stockley, shot Smith after he suspected him of making a drug deal. Smith fled from officers trying to arrest him. Stockley, 36, testified he felt he was in danger because he saw Smith holding a silver revolver when he backed his car toward officers then sped away.

Prosecutors said Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car. The officer’s DNA was on the weapon but Smith’s was not. Dashcam video from Stockley’s cruiser recorded him saying he was “going to kill this motherfucker”. Less than a minute later, he shot Smith five times.

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