‘Not Guilty’ Verdict In St. Louis Police Shooting Trial Sparks Protests | NBC Nightly News

NBC'S BLAKE McCOY IS THERE >> Reporter: THINGS GOT UGLY EARLY AS PROTESTERS CLASHED WITH POLICE ON THE STREETS OF ST

LOUIS >> NO JUSTICE >> NO PEACE >> Reporter: SOME PROMISING MORE UNREST >> WE ARE GOING TO SHUT THIS CITY DOWN

>> Reporter: POLICE HAVE RESPONDED WITH A SHOW OF FORCE TONIGHT AFTER A JUDGE'S DECISION TO ACQUIT FORMER ST LOUIS POLICE OFFICER JASON STOCKILY IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF ANTHONY LAMAR SMITH SMITH WAS SHOT DEAD AFTER A POLICE CHASE IN 2011 STOCKILY CLAIMED HE SAW THE SUSPECTED DRUG DEALER REACH FOR A GUN BUT ONLY THE OFFICER'S DNA WAS FOUND ON THE WEAPON LEADING TO ALLEGATIONS THAT IT WAS PLANTED OFFICER STOCKILY CAN BE HEARD ON DASH CAM DURING THE CHASE SAY HE'S GOING TO KILL SMITH

IN ISSUING HIS DECISION TODAY THE JUDGE SAID HE COULDN'T SAY THAT THE STATE HAD PROVED EVERY ELEMENT OF MURDER BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT >> THE VERDICT HAS CREATED FRUSTRATION AND ANGER FOR MANY IN OUR COMMUNITY >> Reporter: SMITH LEAVES BEHIND A YOUNG DAUGHTER, HIS FAMILY SPOKE THROUGH AN ATTORNEY >> THEY WERE SHOCKED >> Reporter: THE CASE HAS ECHOS OF THE 2014 UNREST IN NEARBY FERGUSON FOLLOWING THE FATAL SHOOTING OF MICHAEL BROWN BY A WHITE POLICE OFFICER

BROWN'S FAMILY HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE SMITHS >> I'M RELIVING, I'M RELIVING RIGHT NOW WHAT THIS FAMILY GOING THROUGH >> Reporter: TONIGHT CONCERN THAT PROTESTS WILL GROW FORCING THIS COMMUNITY TO RELIVE FERGUSON AS WELL MANY BUSINESSES HERE IN DOWNTOWN ST LOUIS CLOSED EARLY TODAY

YOU CAN SEE BARRICADES IN FRONT OF THE COURT HOUSE AND SCHOOLS HAVE CANCELED AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES THE GOVERNOR HAS EVEN PLACED A NATIONAL

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