St. Louis Police Department

Local Control / ACLU
5:16 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

ACLU challenges local police control initiative

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri is challenging language on a ballot initiative that would transfer control of the St. Louis Police Department from the state to the city.

ACLU Regional Program Director John Chasnoff says the initiative's summary, as it would appear on the ballot, fails to explain how the new law would restrict public oversight and access to records.

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Crime / St. Louis Police
6:12 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

St. Louis Police taking extra precautions following threats

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom.
(St. Louis Public Radio file photo)

Spray painted threats against St. Louis Police have the department on alert in north city where an officer killed a man Tuesday.

Police shot the man in his car after he allegedly resisted arrest. Graffiti found later on the wall of a nearby restaurant said an officer would be next.

Police Chief Dan Isom says the department is taking extra precautions in the district where the shooting occurred.

St. Louis Police / UMSL
1:00 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

St. Louis police team with UMSL criminologists

The side of a St. Louis Metropolitan Police patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Police Department is partnering with the University of Missouri-St. Louis in a new crime-fighting initiative.

The partnership announced Wednesday is aimed at reducing crime in part by using criminologists from the university to help implement and evaluate crime reduction initiatives. In fact, an UMSL graduate student will work 20 hours per week at the police department.

Local Control
12:18 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Local control supporters get go-ahead to gather signatures

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Supporters of a ballot measure that would turn control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department back to City Hall have gotten the go-ahead to start work on getting the proposal in front of the voters.

The decision by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to approve the measure for circulation means local control advocates can start gathering more than 143,000 signatures, which must be collected from multiple districts in the state. They're due on May 6, 2012.

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Citizen Patrol
5:50 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Citizen patrols: residents fighting crime in St. Louis neighborhoods

(via Wikimedia Commons/J. Pelkonen)

St. Louis has been labeled “the most dangerous city in America.” Whether or not that’s actually true depends on who you talk to. But, one thing is for sure: many city residents are fed-up with the high crime rate that has burdened many neighborhoods for decades. Some have stopped blaming the police, instead working with them to address the problem.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach reports on one man’s crime fighting model that has the city’s top law enforcers singing his praise.

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, December 2, 2011

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

STL area democrat files local control legislation

The legislation, sponsored by Joe Keaveny, would return the St. Louis Police Department back to local control for the first time since the 1850s. Thursday was the first day lawmakers could file bills for next year's session, which starts January 4th.  Local control bills failed during both this year's regular and special sessions as they became bargaining chips in the tax credit battle between the House and Senate. 

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, October 28, 2011

Cardinals David Freese celebrates with his teammates at home plate after hitting a solo walk off homerun to win game 6 of the World Series in the 11th inning against the Texas Rangers in St. Louis on October 27, 2011.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Cards win Game 6 at Busch

The St. Louis Cardinals twice were down to their final strike but rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 10-9 on an 11th inning homer by David Freese. That ended a four-hour, 33-minute classic Game 6 that began with a rash of errors but will be remembered as the game in which the Cardinals refused to go away.

As a result of Freese's heroics, the baseball season will go to a Game 7 tonight. It's the first time since 2002 that the World Series will go the distance, ending the longest gap in baseball history.

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Fake Police Robberies
11:23 am
Thu October 27, 2011

"Cops" as robbers: real police continue search for fake St. Louis officers

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

The dark-colored SUV pulled up, emergency red and blue lights flashing from the dashboard. The driver pulled over - and was robbed.

The real St. Louis police continue to search for the fake ones - two men who pulled off three robberies on Tuesday, each time after posing as officers.

In each case, a sport utility vehicle that looked like an undercover police vehicle pulled behind cars and turned on flashing lights from the dashboard. Motorists, believing they were being stopped by police, pulled to the curb.

Morning round-up
9:25 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivering the annual State of the State Address on January 19, 2011. Missouri lawmakers are meeting September 14, 2011 to consider overriding vetoes by Nixon.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mo. lawmakers meeting to discuss Nixon veto override

Missouri lawmakers are convening today in an annual session to consider overriding vetoes by Gov. Jay Nixon. Nixon vetoed 14 bills approved during this year's regular session.

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Mo. House / Special Session
1:20 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Local control, other measures, get first-round Mo. House approval during special session

The Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

 The Missouri House of Representatives today gave both first-round approval AND passage to several pieces of notable legislation, after suspending its rules to allow for both to take place in the same day:

  • Local control of the St. Louis Police Department endorsed

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would end the state's oversight of the St. Louis police department.

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