The Latest: Hawley appoints special investigator
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on unrest following the acquittal of a white former police officer in St. Louis in the death of a black man (all times local):
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has appointed a St. Louis attorney to investigate claims that Hawley’s predecessor withheld evidence in a lawsuit over the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer.
Hawley, a Republican, on Thursday appointed Hal Goldsmith to investigate. The family of Anthony Lamar Smith has alleged in a letter to Hawley’s office that former Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat, and that the city of St. Louis withheld evidence in a civil suit over Smith’s death at the hands of officer Jason Stockley in 2011.
Phone and email messages seeking comment from Koster through Centene Corp., where he now works, were not immediately returned.
A judge ruled in mid-September that Stockley was not guilty of first-degree murder, setting off several protests in and around St. Louis. Stockley left the department in 2013.
Two documentary filmmakers are suing the city of St. Louis and three officers after the filmmakers were arrested at a protest following the acquittal of a white former police officer in the death of a black man.
Drew and Jennifer Burbridge of Kansas City, Missouri, filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday. Among other things, it alleges Drew Burbridge was assaulted by officers to the point of unconsciousness.
A spokesman for St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on Thursday declined comment.
The couple was among about 120 people taken into custody in a mass arrest on Sept. 17, two days after a judge ruled that Jason Stockley was not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith.
The arrests have resulted in an ACLU lawsuit and prompted widespread complaints.