Metro East Police District

Retired Circuit Judge Milton Wharton (left), St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson and St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly spoke about ethics violations of the Brooklyn Police Department at a news conference on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

The prosecutor in St. Clair County, Illinois, says he will no longer pursue criminal charges for cases brought to him by the Brooklyn Police Department.

State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly released a list of the Metro East department’s unethical practices confirmed by his office as part of an ongoing investigation into Brooklyn police. Notable items on the list include the inability to account for confiscated cash and drugs, withholding of officer pay unless they meet their quota of towed vehicles, and reports of drunken officers pulling their guns on civilians at night clubs.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Illinois governor Pat Quinn has signed a measure that provides an extra layer of oversight for four troubled police departments in the Metro East.

East St. Louis, Alorton, Washington Park and Brooklyn will still operate as stand-alone departments. But the new Metro East Police District will oversee their funding and set new ethical standards - things Governor Quinn called essential.