O'Toole says his department's top priority is protecting and serving citizens. "We will protect people's lives, homes, and communities", Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said.
Police in St. Louis have declared protests following the acquittal Friday of former police officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 shooting death of a black motorist are "no longer considered peaceful" and are asking people to avoid the city's downtown area.
Protesters are shouting that the Friday verdict is unfair and that they want justice. The chase ended when Stockley instructed his partner to ram into Smith's vehicle.
Stockley believed that Smith was armed, defense attorneys said, and a gun was found in the auto. "I did not plant a gun", he said.
During the trial, which began with opening statements on August 1, the prosecution argued that Stockley meant to kill, fired a "kill shot" and planted a gun following the fatal shooting. A gun found in Smith's auto only carried DNA from Stockley.
His actions were eventually deemed justifiable by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
The interview came hours after a judge released a 30-page order concluding that the state had not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Stockley "did not act in self-defense" when he shot and killed Smith, 24, during a auto chase in December 2011.
Stockley testified he shot Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011 because he thought the drug suspect was reaching for a gun.
Prosecutors also asked the court to consider a lesser degree of homicide, but they were unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Stockley's use of deadly force was not justified in self-defence.
People were enraged and flooded the streets after the decision was announced Friday.
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