Here’s something we didn’t expect: the City of St. Louis on Friday passed a resolution honoring Anthony Lamar Smith — the 24-year-old shot and killed by former police officer Jason Stockley in 2011 after a police chase.

Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed noted that the resolution is the highest honor the board can give to any organization or individual.

Fox 2 in St. Louis reports:

 

Alderman John Collins-Muhammad introduced the resolution and presented it to Smith’s mother, Annie. “I invited her here today to let her know the city of St. Louis and the Board of Aldermen shares her pain, her frustration, and her deep dissatisfaction with the turnout of everything that has happened.”

Here’s video of the reading of the resolution:

In 2016, Stockley was charged with first-degree murder, and his recent acquittal inspired protests that continued through Saturday in St. Louis, as marchers with signs took over an area shopping mall.

But wait … wasn’t Smith a suspected drug dealer? Spurred by viewers in search of the other side of the story, Lauren Trager of KMOV tackled that question earlier this week, writing, “Here’s what we know”:

Smith pled guilty once in January 2010 for possession and intent to distribute marijuana.

Earlier, in 2007, he pled guilty to illegal possession of a firearm.

In 2010, he was sentenced to prison for five years on the drug charge and three years on the weapons charge, to be served at the same time.

He served 14 months and was released on parole in May 2011, almost seven months to the day before he was shot.

It has also been said that Smith was “known to have a gun on him.”

Also:

During the trial, we learned that a baggie with capsules of heroin were found in Smith’s car, and that only Smith’s DNA was found on the drugs.

So, it is true that heroin was found in Smith’s car, but he was not convicted of dealing heroin.

So there you have it — the most recent recipient of the city’s highest honor.

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