St. Louis Public Radio News
2:10 pm
Fri May 2, 2003

Could Police Oversight Board be Created this Year?

St. Louis, Mo. – After failing last session, the alderman sponsoring a bill to create a civilian police oversight board in St. Louis is hoping to pass the measure this year.

The Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression says the city is moving too slowly in setting up a board, and is urging convention groups to boycott St. Louis.

Alderman Terry Kennedy has reintroduced the review board bill, but distanced himself from the boycott.

"I think these citizens have the right to voice their opinions and do the
things that they feel are necessary to have their voices heard and their opinions listened to," Kennedy said.

Kennedy says the bill is in committee, and police and other city officials are discussing the details.