Pastors demand answers from police over video of Former Officer Stockley shooting a suspect

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Black community leaders in St. Louis are demanding answers after video is released in a police involved shooting. It involves the case against former St. Louis Police officer Jason Stockley. The police dash cam video was dropped off at FOX 2 in a thumb drive by an anonymous person.

The video, confirmed authentic, shows the moments before, during and after the shooting of drug suspect Lamar Smith by Stockley.  The video shows Stockley carrying a non authorized AK-47 rifle.  Stockley has been charged with first degree murder but local spiritual leaders say those charges came too late.

The pastors also want to know why a tape that is four-and-a-half years old has never been released by police.

They call these incidents and the use of deadly force a startling contrast to the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement.

"We have determined that this is a direct and violent assault on our community," said Rev. Linden Bowie, pastor of The Zion Travelers Missionary Baptist Church.

He adds, "We cannot resolve the issue of racially discriminatory and unjust policing without resolving and eradicating the entrenched racial bias that has been shown to exist in many aspects of our justice system."

Stockley's attorney says the video given to fox is just one piece of evidence.   He claims another surveillance video, that`s not available, shows a different perspective.