Latest: Businesses, schools close in downtown St. Louis – Colorado News

Latest: Businesses, schools close in downtown St. Louis – Colorado News

ST. LOUIS  |The Latest on the murder trial of a white former police officer who fatally shot a black man in St. Louis (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Several businesses and schools in or near downtown St. Louis closed early after a judge’s verdict acquitting a white police officer in the death of black motorist was announced.

Wells Fargo Advisors, brokerage and investment firm Stifel and Nestle Purina PetCare all sent thousands of employees home Friday after a judge acquitted former officer Jason Stockley in the death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.

Activists were gathering downtown to protest the verdict and officials were concerned about the potential for unrest.

Several schools also closed early and postponed events scheduled for Friday.

And an Alzheimer’s Walk scheduled for Saturday in downtown St. Louis was postponed.

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11:30 a.m.

The attorney for the family of the black man shot and killed by a white St. Louis police officer says they disagree with a judge’s ruling that the state didn’t meet its burden of proof for a finding that the officer was guilty of murder.

KMOV reports that Al Watkins spoke to reporters less than an hour after the judge’s Friday morning ruling that 36-year-old Jason Stockley was not guilty in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.

Watkins says he found the ruling appalling and contrary to the evidence presented.

Watkins and Smith’s fiance, Christina Wilson, on Thursday appealed for calm and non-violent protest no matter what verdict was issued.

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11:10 a.m.

U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay of Missouri says he’s outraged by a judge’s verdict acquitting a white St. Louis police officer in the shooting…

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