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Officer acquitted in St. Louis suspicious death files suit

ST. LOUIS – A white former St. Louis police officer whose acquittal in the death of a black suspect set off weeks of protests, has lodged a complaint against the prosecutor who charged him, and a police researcher.

Jason Stockley’s lawsuit filed Wednesday claims, defamation and malicious prosecution. The lawsuit names former Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and police Lt. Kirk Deeken.

A spokeswoman for the police refused to comment. A message seeking comment from a spokeswoman for Joyce, was not immediately returned.

Stockley was loaded in 2016 with the first-degree murder in the shooting death of drug suspect, Anthony Lamar Smith. Joyce’s office filed the charges. She did not seek re-election in 2016, and the case was continued on the basis of new Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner.

A judge in September found Stockley not guilty. Sometimes violent protests led to hundreds of arrests.

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