Small municipalities
10:28 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Some Bel-Ridge Trustees Say Village Police Problems Have Been Ignored

Police cars park outside of the Bel-Ridge Municipal Complex, which includes spaces for Village Hall, its municipal court and the police department.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

A 2012 audit of the police department in Bel-Ridge is getting new attention from some members of the community's Board of Trustees.

Longtime resident and trustee Rachel White has been pushing for change since she found the audit this year in a stack of papers. It showed mismanagement and possible misconduct of officers. But the entity with the power to address it — the Village Board of Trustees —  had failed to make major changes.

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Police Shooting
3:49 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Family Of Kajieme Powell Files Lawsuit Against St. Louis Police

Screenshot of cell phone footage of the interaction between Powell and police seconds before he was shot.
Credit Credit Video provided by St. Louis Metropolitan Police

Legal representatives of the family of Kajieme Powell say they filed a lawsuit seeking financial damages Friday. The 25-year-old was shot and killed by two St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers in August.

The defendants in the suit are the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the two officers involved in the shooting.

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Ferguson Protests
4:18 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

As Protests Continue, Police Families Feel The Strain

The St. Louis Police Wives' Association works to support law enforcement officers and their families.
Credit SLPWA website

As protests have continued in the St. Louis area following August's police shooting of Michael Brown, it's not just responding officers who are feeling the strain. It's also affecting their families.

One St. Louis organization that specifically provides support for police and their families is now reporting that it has doubled in size in recent weeks. And other members of police families are becoming more vocal and public with their support for law enforcement.

Toll on families

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Shaw shooting
7:49 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Police Union, Myers Family React To Gun Residue Findings In Shaw Shooting

St. Louis Police Officers Association president Joe Steiger, business manager Jeff Roorda and attorney Brian Millikan comment on the lab tests that found gun residue on the hand of Vonderrit Myers during a press conference Tuesday.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

Lab results show gunshot residue was found on the 18-year-old who was fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis police officer in the Shaw neighborhood last week, according to new information released by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Tuesday.

The tests were conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's crime lab. The results found gunshot residue on Vonderrit Myers, Jr.'s, hand, inner waistband, front and back jeans pockets and black t-shirt. The released statement also read: 

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Ferguson arrests
5:22 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Legal Support Group Assisting People Arrested In Ferguson

Police and protesters face off in Ferguson during marches in August.
Credit Stephanie Lecci / St. Louis Public Radio

There is a phone number that Ferguson protesters share: 314-862-2249.

That's the jail support number that they spread through Twitter and on fliers. Others write it on their arms in case of arrest.

The number goes to a hotline staffed around the clock by Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment. The group gives individuals rides home from jail and raises money through a website to pay bonds. So far, it has served about 210 people, according to organizer Molly Gott.

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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 acres, but the city of Flordell Hills is getting its own police department. 

The St. Louis 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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Community Building
9:13 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Panel Of Police And Activists Have Civil, Emotional Discussion On Improving Relationships

Seats were more empty than filled at Greater St. Marks Family Church during a discussion about bridging the gap between police and the community Saturday, September 27, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Four young people active in the Ferguson protests joined two St. Louis County Police officers and two St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers for an emotional discussion Saturday about the barriers between police and the community. Before an audience of about 50, they offered and discussed suggestions to start bridging the gap.

Most of the panelists agreed that the effort led to some progress towards understanding.

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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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Police Shooting
11:44 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Feds Give Away New And Unused Military Equipment To Local Police As Surplus

Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

More than one-third of the military equipment deemed surplus and made available in the Defense Department’s so-called 1033 program was either new or unused according to information provided Tuesday to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

Representatives from the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice faced sometimes pointed questions about waste, weak oversight and almost nonexistent coordination among the programs their departments administer to help local police departments gain access to military equipment.

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Politics & Issues
8:22 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Anniversary Of Brown’s Death Prompts Calls For Political Engagement, Demands For Wilson's Arrest

Ferguson Township Committeewoman Patricia Bynes, State Rep. Courtney Curtis and St. Louis County Council Chair Hazel Erby are members of the Ferguson United leadership team.
Credit Rebecca Smith

On Tuesday's one-month anniversary of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, some local leaders focused on ways to move forward, while Brown's family called again for answers in the investigation.

Local elected leaders representing the Ferguson area came together Tuesday to discuss strategies to heal after the unrest that shook the city for more than two weeks in August following Brown's death.

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