St. Louis City officials says 80 officer positions must be cut from the city's police force to offset the department's rising pay, health care and pension costs.
Police Chief Dan Isom and Mayor Francis Slay support eliminating the jobs through attrition. 30 positions, funded through federal grants, would end this year, when those grants are slated to expire.
Mayor Francis Slay says despite a 45 percent increase in police spending since he took office, spending for retirement benefits is out of control.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will add extra manpower in the Delmar Loop this weekend in an effort to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence.
No one was injured in a series of fights that broke out around 8:30 p.m. on March 31, or when shots were fired into the crowd, though two people were injured in a later shooting at a Church's Chicken.
Updated 1:15 p.m. with additional details about officers.
The City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office has filed 3rd Degree Assault charges against two St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers, Rory Bruce and David Wilson, in two unrelated incidences.
Here's a summary of the charges against both officers, according to Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce's Facebook page:
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