St. Louis Police Department

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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St. Louis
4:06 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Alderwoman Young Announces Resignation; Aldermen Declare 'Black Lives Matter'

Long-time St. Louis Alderwoman Phyllis Young announced Friday that she will be stepping down next week.

Young, a Democrat, has been the alderwoman for the 7th Ward for nearly 30 years, making her the longest serving alderman. Her ward encompasses parts of downtown and Soulard.

"After much soul searching and discussions with family and friends, I have decided that 29-plus years is enough," Young wrote to her colleagues.

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Vonderrit Myers Update
9:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Myers Family Attorney: Private Autopsy Disputes Police Account Of Shaw Shooting

Dr. Cyril Wecht marks the location of the likely fatal head shot as he presents his initial autopsy results on Vonderrit Myers, Jr.
Credit Rebecca Smith/St. Louis Public Radio

The initial findings of a private autopsy on the body of Vonderrit Myers, Jr., released Thursday, show the 18-year-old was shot several times from behind. 

Myers was fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8th in the city's Shaw neighborhood, after police say Myers fired at the officer.

According to their attorneys, the family ordered the autopsy because they believe the police are giving inaccurate accounts of what happened. 

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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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Police Department
8:14 am
Wed September 4, 2013

St. Louis Police Officer Receives Racist Letter

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on a patrol car.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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Gun Violence
10:38 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

SLMPD Chief Dotson Backs Mo. Senate Bill To Create 'Armed Offender Docket' In St. Louis

St. Louis Police Chief Samuel Dotson III.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept.)

Legislation being considered by the Missouri Senate would allow the Circuit Court for the city of St. Louis to create a special docket for armed offenders.

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St. Louis Police Headquarters
10:10 am
Wed March 20, 2013

New St. Louis Police Headquarters To Cost More Than Expected

Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The move to a new building for the St. Louis Police Department is going to be more expensive than first thought.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that bids came in more than $1.6 million over expectations. Now, the move will be delayed until early next year - nearly a year later than the original estimate.
 

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St. Louis police board
5:20 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Crime, Budget And Restructuring - A Busy Day For St. Louis Police Commissioners

State Sen. Joe Keaveny has filed legislation that would return the St. Louis Police Department back to local control for the first time since the 1850s.
St. Louis Public Radio

It was a crowded agenda for the five members of the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners today. Here's a recap of some of the main agenda items:

Crime

B0th police chief Sam Dotson and Mayor Francis Slay are downplaying a jump in the crime numbers in January.

The report released today shows total crime was up 23 percent last month compared to January 2012. There were 11 murders last January, and 15 this year.

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Other News
2:10 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

City Police Department Deploying Extra Resources To College Hill Neighborhood

Police Chief Sam Dotson addressing officers in the north city neighborhood of College HIll
Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 12:45 Thursday, Feb. 7 with arrest numbers.

The St. Louis Police Department is deploying 80 extra officers and resources to north city’s College Hill neighborhood.

The area, which borders O’Fallon Park to the west and Interstate 70 to the north, has been the site of a number of shootings recently, including three murders.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the department is used to this kind of “hot-spot policing,” and says the tactic has been used to great effect in other parts of the city.

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Other News
5:12 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

St. Louis Police Department To Offer Training For 'Active Shooter' Scenarios

Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Police Department is planning free seminars for businesses and schools to receive training for an “active shooter” scenario.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the recent spate of high-profile tragedies across the country underscores the need for more training.

Shortly after taking over as chief Dotson met with the representatives from public and private schools to begin the process.

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