John Samuel Tieman: How many Fergusons is it going to take?

Vox Populi

I am from St. Louis. To be specific, I am from an inner ring suburb, University City. As I write, my community is embroiled in its fourth night of demonstrations and disruptions, several of which have turned violent.
 
Jason Stockley, 36, a white St. Louis policeman, was charged in May 2016 with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, who was Black. Stockley was acquitted on all counts.
 
This is almost certainly a miscarriage of justice. But we lose the larger issues by debating the particulars of this case, which, bluntly, is over now. What we can know for certain is that there is a problem in this town with racism, poverty, guns, violence and policing.
 
Just before he shot Smith dead, that cop said, “I’m going to kill this motherfucker.” That’s recorded. Then he shot him…

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