Black Lives Matter protests in st. louis continue

Photography by Adem Sibic

 

On Friday, Sept. 15, a judge in St. Louis found Jason Stockley, a white former St. Louis police officer, not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a black man named Anthony Lamar Smith. Smith was shot and killed by Stockley after a high-speed chase in 2011. Demonstrators have been marching throughout the city, and some suburban areas, every day since the verdict announcement. Today is Saturday, Sept. 23. 

Context for the shooting and the trial can be found here. 

A breakdown of the judge's decision, made without a jury, can be found here. 

A more detailed description of the protests can be found here. 

 

 "There are a large number of children at any given protest – I think this is one of the most important things that parents can be doing," said Sibic.

"There are a large number of children at any given protest – I think this is one of the most important things that parents can be doing," said Sibic.

A statement from the photographer, who only shoots on film:

"When I heard the verdict on the trial of former police officer Jason Stockley, I was not surprised. Barricades in St. Louis were already being set up. National guard had already been in place in the city. It was clear that everyone who needed to know already did. The citizens had to wait to hear that Stockley was “not guilty” in the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith.
It was sort of surreal that first day. I work in the Central West End, a neighborhood about 10-15 minutes from Downtown St. Louis. I usually work an evening shift at my restaurant every Friday, but on that day we were told to close early due to potential “riots.” So instead of work, I decided I would go to these so-called 'riots' and photograph. What I found was people from all areas of St. Louis, all walks of life and all colors of skin standing in solidarity together, peacefully. There have been incidents of vandalism since, all of which are not condoned by the organizers and are largely isolated incidents after the demonstration is over. I have been to almost every protest since the verdict last Friday, Sept. 15, and these are just some of the photos I’ve captured."

Contact Adem by email at ademsibic.as@gmail.com. Follow him on Instagram at @adem.sibic.