Verdict in St. Louis Ignites Protests

Monday, October 2, 2017


In 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri, a police officer shot and killed a 24-year-old black man following a car chase. The officer, Jason Stockley, claimed it was self-defense, but he was heard saying on an in-car video camera that he was going to kill the driver Anthony Lamar Smith. Recently the case went to court and Officer Stockley was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Smith. People in St. Louis have been protesting this verdict over the course of many days. Listen to an alderman in St. Louis discuss his frustration and disappointment in the verdict.

Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What were the facts about the fatal shooting of Smith presented in this audio story?
  • What are past events that have led to frustration about this verdict?
  • How would you summarize this case and the verdict?
  • What does Alderman John Collins-Muhammad say about the acquittal of this police officer?

Classroom Discussion Themes

  • What do you think people should do to protest what they believe is an unjust verdict?
  • What are the reasons you think there is so much anger about this verdict? Do you think the anger is justified? Why or why not?

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