The St. Louis police are steamed. They’ve been putting themselves between the “protestors,” and the citizens, for a week now keeping as much peace as possible under the constrictions they must follow, and the St. Louis Board of Aldermen and the Mayor just slapped them in the face.
In a resolution passed by the board, they honor the slain Anthony Lamar Smith, who was killed by a white police officer in 2011.
The very liberal, St. Louis Post Dispatch, has the story:
As the city continued to grapple with protests over the acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday unanimously approved a resolution remembering the man he fatally shot in 2011.
Also Friday, Mayor Lyda Krewson pledged to support strengthening the city’s Civilian Oversight Board, which investigates complaints against police.
Both the resolution in remembrance of Anthony Lamar Smith and the mayor’s statement sparked outrage from St. Louis police officers, who contend city leaders are bowing to political pressure from the ongoing unrest.
… After the resolution was read and approved, Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed and Krewson hugged Smith’s mother, Annie Smith.
Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, who introduced the resolution, said the board acted in part to help ease Annie Smith’s grief.
WHEREAS, Anthony Lamar Smith was born to Annie Denise Smith on May 19, 1987 in Saint Louis Missouri at St. Louis Regional Medical Center. Anthony was the first born child of Mrs. Smith. He had three siblings; Antonio Lavell Johnson Junior, Antwane Lamarco Johnson, Trevin De’Andre Johnson. Anthony and his brothers enjoyed playing sports with other neighborhood children; and
WHEREAS, Anthony attended Wesley House Association, Ashland Elementary, Farragut Elementary, Beaumont High, Roosevelt High School. He continued his education informally by feeding his love for
reading books, traveling and making connections with local artist and musicians; and
WHEREAS, Anthony won many awards and trophies for his participation in sports at The St. Louis Boy’s Club. He spent many days at the center playing football, basketball, swimming and racquet ball. He was well liked by his employer’s, coaches and elders. …
The resolution doesn’t mention that Smith was a heroin dealer, tried to ram police with his car, led them through the city on a high speed chase and resisted arrest.