St. Louis Police Department

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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Local Control
4:54 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Signature campaign kicks off for local control initiative

Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association (left), and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay sign petitions to let voters decide whether St. Louis should control its own police department.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and the St. Louis Police Officers Association are throwing their support behind a voter's initiative proposal that would give St. Louis direct control of its police department.

The Safer Missouri Citizens Coalition is seeking 100,000 signatures by May sixth to put the proposal on this November's ballot. Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers' Association, said opponents who argue the bill would limit public oversight and access to records are misleading the public.

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Crime / St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
11:00 am
Thu January 19, 2012

St. Louis police sergeant, brother indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges

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Updated 3:50 p.m.with comments from U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan.

Updated 12 p.m. on Thursday with comments from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Larry J. Davis and his brother Linus R. Davis have been charged with "diverting seized packages containing marijuana for distribution and sale" according to the United States Attorney's Office.

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City crime numbers
5:43 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Crime rates continue to decline in St. Louis City

City of St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 5:43 p.m. to include comments from Chief Isom and correction in data.

There's more good news on crime today in the St. Louis area.

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St. Louis County Crime Statistics
10:36 am
Wed January 18, 2012

St. Louis County Police: number of "serious crimes" at 41-year low

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1971: that was the last time the number of serious crimes was as low as it was in 2011 in St. Louis County, a report from the St. Louis County Police Department says.

Here are some of the statistics from the 2011 index crime report:

  • St. Louis County police said Wednesday that crime dropped 2.4 percent in 2011 compared to 2010
  • The county, with a population of about 1 million, had 17 homicides in 2011, matching the number in 2010.
  • Rapes declined 10 percent, vehicle theft dropped by 20.7 percent, arson was down 3.5 percent.

 

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