St. Louis Police Department

Morning round-up
6:34 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Morning headlines - Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Police chief outlines plan to preserve patrol officers despite cuts

The St. Louis police chief says he’ll reduce the department’s command structure and turn some desk jobs currently held by officers over to civilians in an effort to blunt the impact of budget cuts.

Chief Dan Isom unveiled his budget plan to a Board of Aldermen committee yesterday.

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Crime / St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
11:44 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Former St. Louis officer pleads guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges

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A former St. Louis police sergeant has pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges for seizing packages containing marijuana, then working with his brother to sell the drug.

Morning Round-up
6:58 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, April 23, 2012

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Police investigating explosive device at downtown federal building

St. Louis police are trying to find the person who threw an explosive device at a federal building in downtown.

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Public Safety
2:55 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Mayor Slay: Police department needs to lose 80 officer positions

About 1,300 officers serve on the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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Delmar Loop patrols
3:35 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

St. Louis police to increase weekend patrols in Delmar Loop

Looking east onto The Loop area from near the intersection of Kingsland Ave. and Delmar Blvd. in University City.
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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.

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Charges filed against SLMPD officers
12:09 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Assault charges filed against two City of St. Louis police officers

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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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Developing: police officer shot
2:18 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Off-duty St. Louis officer shot; two men charged

Christopher Gales (left) and Montez Thomas, both 18 and of St. Louis, have been charged in the shooting of an off-duty St. Louis Police officer.
(St. Louis County Police)

Updated 2:02 p.m. March 23:

Christopher Gales and Montez Thomas, both 18, have been charged in relation to the case, according to a release from the St. Louis County Police. Their photos are above.

Both men have been charged with the following:

  • 1 count of Assault in the First Degree,
  • 1 count of Robbery in the First Degree,
  • 1 count of Burglary in the First Degree and
  • 3 counts of Armed Criminal Action.

Gales and Thomas are being held on $500,000 cash-only bonds.

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Occupy St. Louis
4:57 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Graffiti found in St. Louis park after Occupy arrests

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Occupy activists are taking heat for graffiti found at the Compton Hill Reservoir Park. Overnight, walls and statues were vandalized with phrases including "class war," and "cops, pigs, murderers."

Occupy protester Brian Staack  says the acts are likely related to a confrontation at the park Thursday night where St. Louis police arrested 13 activists.

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Drug conspiracy
11:46 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Brother of SLMPD sergeant pleads guilty in drug conspiracy case

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The brother of a St. Louis police officer has admitted his role in a scheme to divert seized evidence in drug cases for distribution and sale.

Linus R. Davis pleaded guilty on Friday to one felony count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and one felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

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Local Control
11:22 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Positions entrench over local control at public safety forum

Police Chief Dan Isom speaks before the St. Louis City Board of Alderman at a public safety forum Thursday.

Both sides of the debate on how St. Louis would handle local control of its police department are digging in their heels over issues of public oversight and transparency.

At a Board of Alderman community forum last night, critics argued that language on a proposed ballot initiative would preclude the department from a civilian review board and restrict public access to disciplinary records. 

John Chasnoff is a program director for the ACLU, which supports local control but is suing to block the initiative.

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