Sam Dotson

Violates Department Policy
6:33 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Dotson: St. Louis Police Officer Will Be Disciplined For Wearing 'Wilson' Patch

A St. Louis police officer will be disciplined for wearing a "Wilson" patch on his uniform, Chief Sam Dotson said Friday.
Credit Rebecca Smith

A St. Louis police officer will face discipline for wearing a patch on his uniform seemingly in support of former Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, during a downtown protest Friday.

An officer with the last name of Coats was seen wearing an arm patch that read "Wilson" during a protest against the grand jury decision not to indict Wilson for August's fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

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Beyond Ferguson
12:03 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Court Orders Better Warning Before Tear Gas; In Tower Grove South, Chief Hears Of Trust Lost

Police chief Sam Dotson addresses Tower Grove South residents at a community meeting on December 12, 2014.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Thursday that requires police to give adequate warning before deploying tear gas at lawful protests and to ensure people have safe exit routes. The ruling came as residents told St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson that the department has a lot to do to regain the trust of the community it is supposed to serve.

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Police-Citizen Relationships
12:48 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Dotson Faces Antagonism During Ferguson Commission Meeting In Shaw

Two members of the audience yell at St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, who faced some ire from the crowd during the second meeting of the Ferguson Commission.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

At the second meeting of the Ferguson Commission, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson was supposed to make a multi-faceted presentation on policing – and what changes were being contemplated for his department.

But Dotson’s plans changed in a hurry. He faced intense public antagonism at Monday’s meeting, which focused on the relationship between citizens and police.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:16 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Police Chiefs Discuss Ferguson, What's Next

St.Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, left, and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar prepare for Friday's "St. Louis on the Air" interview at St. Louis Public Radio.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

 When St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar stopped by “St. Louis on the Air” on Friday, part of a weeklong media tour, they sought to stress that they have a plan and that their departments were working with protesters and community members.

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Michael Brown Shooting
6:27 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Nixon Pledges Safety For Protesters And Community In Wake Of Grand Jury Decision

Surrounded by state and local law enforcement Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon announced public safety plans for anticipated protests in the aftermath of the grand jury decision.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has pledged zero tolerance for violence in anticipation of protests when the grand jury investigating the August shooting death of Michael Brown releases its decision later this month. But he and law enforcement officials at a Tuesday press conference made it clear that they want to protect both protesters and others' safety and property. 

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Shaw Shooting
7:31 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

St. Louis Police Now Encrypting Radio Traffic After Protesters Listened In

Protesters on Flora Place in the Shaw neighborhood on Oct. 9, 2014. A protester with a bullhorn was telling the crowd police had blocked off the street.
Credit Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has begun encrypting its radio transmissions after a night of unrest in south St. Louis.  

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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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Police Shooting
4:29 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

St. Louis Police Release Video, Calls From City Shooting

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

Updated at 5:15 p.m. with comments from Chief Sam Dotson, Jeff Roorda, and Ald. Dionne Flowers.

On Tuesday, two officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shot and killed Kajieme Powell, who was 25 years old.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:31 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Dotson: Overall Crime Down, Hot-Spot Policing Working

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio file photo)

Like many cities around the country, St. Louis is dealing with the ongoing problem of urban crime. Just over half-way through the year, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson says overall crime is down over 11 percent, and violent crime is down almost 6 percent. Overall crime in the city is down almost 50 percent since 2006.

“We have many fewer crimes now than we did just five years ago,” Dotson said Wednesday. With one noticeable exception.

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Politics & Issues
4:39 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

St. Louis Police March To New Headquarters

Police Chief Sam Dotson is joined by a crowd as he marches to the new SLMPD headquarters Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

After almost five years of preparation, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department celebrated its move to new headquarters at 1915 Olive St. with a ceremonial march and ribbon-cutting Saturday.

Because the former headquarters at 1200 Clark Ave. needed $70 million in repairs, the department opted to find a new building instead. The former A.G. Edwards building was purchased in 2011 using $2.7 million in asset forfeiture funds, and the St. Louis Police Foundation contributed $3 million for renovations.

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