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September 15th, 2017

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

It was announced today that Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, was found not guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Some in our university campus communities have been following this trial closely and may have deep feelings and strong opinions about the verdict.

The University supports every individual’s right to express personal opinions and feelings in a peaceful manner.  Our values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence guide all of us, and we remain committed to free expression, but that expression must be shared in a peaceful manner.

It is important for all members of our community to know they are respected, valued, safe and a vital part of creating a positive culture on our campus. We are aware that conversations are being planned around campus. We will be sure to let you know as the details are finalized so that we can come together as a community to engage in meaningful dialogue.