Police Department
8:14 am
Wed September 4, 2013

St. Louis Police Officer Receives Racist Letter

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says he’s frustrated and disappointed after learning a black officer received a racist letter through interdepartmental mail.

Dotson has ordered internal and criminal investigations after learning about the letter last week.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the typed letter arrived about a month ago and was addressed to the officer. It included several profanities and a racial epithet. The sender said the officer was not wanted in the station and threatened not to respond if the officer called for help. The letter included a death threat.

Dotson said he has taken steps to ensure the officer’s safety but declined to elaborate.