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uneasiness in st. louis as verdict nears in officer’s trial

st. louis (ap) — as a judge weighs evidence in the first-degree murder case against a former st. louis police officer, there is growing uneasiness that the city could see the sort of unrest that followed a fatal police shooting in nearby ferguson three years ago.jason stockley is charged with fatally shooting anthony lamar smith in 2011 after a chase. stockley’s trial ended aug. 9. judge timothy wilson gave attorneys until aug. 18 to file post-trial summaries.two weeks later, it remains unclear when wilson will rule.the case rekindles racial tension, as stockley is white and smith was black.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.if stockley is acquitted, activists are pledging civil disobedience that could include shutting down highways and lambert airport, as well as di

st. louis mayor says city is ‘on edge’ awaiting verdict

st. louis (ap) — the mayor of st. louis says the city is “on edge” as it awaits a verdict in the first-degree murder trial of former police officer jason stockley, in part because of a troubled history of justice in st. louis and nationwide.stockley is accused of fatally shooting anthony lamar smith in 2011. the case was heard last month, but it’s unclear when judge timothy wilson will issue a verdict.activists have threatened civil disobedience if stockley, who is white, is acquitted in the death of the black suspect.“we’re all on edge because we have watched, in this country and in our region, that legal decisions can and do result in families and sometimes entire communities being left without a sense of justice,” krewson said in a statement and video. “that can and has resulted in prot