Former STL Officer Stockley Suing Former Prosecutor Joyce, IA Detective Over Murder Charge
ST. LOUIS —
Former St. Louis City Police Officer Jason Stockley, found not guilty in September of murder in the 2011 shooting death of a suspect who police say led officers on a chase and went for a gun, is suing former St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and the STLMPD Internal Affairs Detective Kirk Deeken in federal court over that murder charge.
Stockley filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
The suit says Joyce and Deeken denied Stockley his civil rights when the charge was brought. Stockley says that Joyce "lied" to a judge in order to arrest and charge him, and that Detective Deeken lied about evidence provided to the grand jury that indicted him.
Stockley was charged with murder in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, who led officers in a high-speed chase in the city. At one point, Smith allegedly rammed his car into a police cruiser.
While Stockley's acquittal spurred protests and riots after it was announced, Stockley says that Joyce brought the charge in order to appease earlier potential protests and riots.