Jason Stockley has his picture taken after Judge Tim Wilson declared the former St. Louis police officer not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

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Judge tosses Jason Stockley's defamation lawsuit

Anthony Lamar Smith's shooting sparked protests that led to hundreds of arrests.

February 15, 2019 - 11:34 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has dismissed the malicious prosecution and defamation lawsuit filed by a former St. Louis police officer whose acquittal in the death of an African-American suspect set off weeks of protests.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that U.S. District Judge Charles Shaw issued the 58-page ruling dropping Jason Stockley's lawsuit Thursday.

Stockley alleged in the suit that officials misrepresented and intentionally disregarded evidence in bringing him to trial. But Shaw found in part that a former St. Louis circuit attorney and police internal affairs investigator had either absolute or qualified immunity from being sued because of their positions.

A judge in September 2017 found Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith. The ensuing protests led to hundreds of arrests.

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