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Statement regarding Jason Stockley verdict

Dear UM System colleagues:

Today, Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, was found not guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the on-duty shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. We know that many in our communities may have strong feelings and opinions about the verdict after following the trial closely in recent months.            

For that reason, it is important that as a university community, we continue to support every individual’s right to express personal opinions and feelings in a peaceful manner. We remain committed to free expression, but that expression must be shared in a peaceful manner.

Each of you are respected, valued, safe and an integral part of creating a positive culture in our living, working and learning environments. I encourage you to participate in ongoing conversations as we work together to create a strong foundation for our University. As always, you can reach out to me with any questions or concerns at umpresident@umsystem.edu.


Mun Y. Choi

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