Rachel Lippmann


Lippmann returned to her native St. Louis after spending two years covering state government in Lansing, Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and followed (though not directly) in Maria Altman's footsteps in Springfield, also earning her graduate degree in public affairs reporting. She's also done reporting stints in Detroit, Michigan and Austin, Texas. Rachel likes to fill her free time with good books, good friends, good food, and good baseball.


Six Officers
4:23 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Town Of Flordell Hills Gets Its Own Police Department

Flordell Hills, which is home to 822 residents in less than a square mile, now has its own police department.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

It's home to just 822 residents living on 69 square acres,  but the city of Flordell Hills is getting own police department. 

The St. Lousis County suburb's contract with its slightly larger neighbor, Country Club Hills, expires at midnight Tuesday. Some of Flordell Hills' six officers had already been patrolling the streets of the town, which sits between Jennings Station and West Florissant roads.

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Ferguson protests
7:21 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Federal Judge Weighing Whether To Halt 'Move Along' Rule In Ferguson

Police and protesters face off in Ferguson during the marches in August.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

A federal judge in St. Louis said Monday she will rule "as soon as possible" on whether it was constitutional for police officers to prevent protesters in Ferguson from stopping and lingering on public sidewalks in August.  

Judge Catherine Perry heard more than seven hours of testimony Monday in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri against the St. Louis County Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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Sylvester Caldwell
1:18 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Pine Lawn Mayor Faces Federal Extortion Charges

Pine Lawn mayor Sylvester Caldwell
Credit City of Pine Lawn website

Updated with a copy of the indictment and additional information.

The mayor of a small North County municipality has been arrested on federal extortion charges.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation took Sylvester Caldwell into custody on Thursday. He'll be arraigned on a single count of interference with commerce by extortion on Monday. 

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Use Of Force
12:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

After Two Police Shootings, Questions Emerge About Use Of Force

Protestors and police face off outside the Ferguson police department on Aug. 11, two days after Michael Brown was shot and killed.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The shooting deaths of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson and 25-year-old Kajieme Powell in St. Louis have focused a bright spotlight on the authority that police officers have to use force – sometimes deadly – to keep themselves and others safe.

Fatal use of force encounters are rare. But the questions raised when they happen reflect society’s broader struggles.

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Ten Couples
2:42 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Court Fight Over Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages Begins Thursday

Janice Barrier (left) and her wife Sheri Schild are one of the ten couples suing to have their out-of-state marriage recognized in Missouri. They married in Iowa in 2009.
Credit Rachel Lippmann I St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 5:30 p.m. to reflect the correct number of couples involved in the suit.

Ten same-sex couples from Missouri will head to court in Kansas City on Thursday for the first day of a case seeking recognition of their marriages.  

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Gun violence
4:23 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Nasheed To Seek 10-Year Minimum Sentence For Gun Crimes

St. Louis Metropolitan Police chief Sam Dotson listens as state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed announces her plans to introduce legislation mandating 10 years in prison for gun crimes in Missouri.
Credit Rachel Lippmann I St. Louis Public Radio.

A state senator from the city of St. Louis wants individuals who commit gun crimes in Missouri to face what she sees as an appropriate punishment.

"Those with violent crimes and those with gun crimes - they will serve 10 years in prison if we can pass this legislation," state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed said Tuesday at a press conference with Mayor Francis Slay and police chief Sam Dotson. "What we're saying is enough is enough."

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10:57 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

What Is The Status Of The Five Basic Demands Ferguson Protesters Are Making?

Credit Linda Lockhart | St. Louis Public Radio

In the nearly six weeks since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, demands for justice have been on the lips of thousands of protesters.

Every group has defined justice a bit differently, but there have been five common themes.

1. Officer Darren Wilson must be fired, arrested and prosecuted for the death of Michael Brown

2. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch must recuse himself from the case.

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St. Louis Board Of Aldermen
4:29 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

St. Louis Police Union Expresses Skepticism About Body Camera Proposal For City

Alderman Joe Vaccaro, right, in yellow, examines a body camera during a meeting of the St. Louis Ways and Means committee. The city's public safety department hopes to purchase 1,000 of the cameras, at a price tag of $1.2 million.
Credit Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

The union representing St. Louis police officers is raising questions about the proposed $1.2 million price tag for body cameras for the department.

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St. Louis Crimes
6:49 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Five Shootings, Six Dead In 18 Hours; Chief Dotson Renews Call For Gun Court

Credit (via Flickr/alancleaver_2000)

Map updated to include identity of two additional victims.

St. Louis police are investigating a string of apparently unrelated shootings in the city that left six people dead over an 18-hour period.  

The violence began Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m., when two men with assault-style weapons opened fire on cars driving at Adelaide Ave. and Hall St. in the College Hill neighborhood. Donald White, who was driving home from work, was shot and killed, and at least two others were injured.

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7:48 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Holder: Visit To Ferguson Influenced Decision To Launch Probe Of Ferguson Police

Attorney General Eric Holder in Ferguson.
Credit Office of U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay

Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that his conversations with residents of Ferguson during his visit two weeks ago influenced his decision to investigate the city’s police department.

Holder says he heard directly from residents and listening sessions “about the deep mistrust that has taken hold between law enforcement officials and members of the community. ... People consistently expressed concerns stemming from specific alleged incidents, from general policing practices, and from the lack of diversity on Ferguson’s police force.”

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