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The St. Louis police officer who was acquitted had been living in Houston St. Louis Police Department via AP, File
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the St. Louis Police Department shows former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the December 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. A television station reported that a ruling is expected Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Stockley's case, and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has put the National Guard on standby in case unrest breaks out. (St. Louis Police Department via AP, File)

Jason Stockley, the former St. Louis police officer who was acquitted last week in the 2011 fatal shooting of a black motorist, has major Houston ties.

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While the ex-cop was arrested in Houston and then extradited to Missouri in 2016, Stockley came to the Houston area four years ago. Following his career in law enforcement in Missouri, he worked as a project manager and security specialist in Texas. According to his LinkedIn profile, he was looking for work at the time of his arrest.

Gretchen Grigsby, a spokeswoman with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, said he had not been employed in law enforcement in Texas.

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Last week in St. Louis, unrest followed Stockley’s acquittal. He was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, following a car chase.

Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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