St. Louis Police Department

St. Louis Police Department
4:52 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

St. Louis police chief Isom in running for Chicago job

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

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom has confirmed that he is being considered for a job as superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.

Isom confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today that his name has been recommended to incoming Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.

When asked whether he would take the job if offered, Isom said he would "listen to the conversation," but that he preferred to stay in St. Louis.  

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Beating arrest
9:00 am
Wed April 20, 2011

Suspect arrested in beating death of immigrant

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

Updated at 6:01 p.m. April 20, 2011:

Police have arrested Elex Murphy of North St. Louis and are holding him without bond.

A police investigation revealed the attack was part of a game which involves unprovoked attacks on innocent bystanders.

An investigation to identify other suspects is ongoing.

Original Story:

St. Louis police say they have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the beating death of a 72-year-old Vietnamese immigrant and the assault of the 59-year-old wife.

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Local Control
1:44 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

St. Louis aldermanic president calls state Senator "not fit to lead"

President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed (left), and Mo. State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal.
(St. Louis Board of Aldermen & Missouri Senate websites)

The newly re-elected President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen has called a controversial state Senator "unfit to lead," and is asking her to step down over remarks she made about black politicians who are supporting local control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

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Crime Scene Photo
6:04 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Judge: police must turn over some records in crime scene photo investigation

Crime scene tape blocked off the area involved in a March 8 shootout in St. Louis. A cell phone photo of the body of Carlos Boles, the man killed in the shootout, is the subject of an investigation.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A federal judge has ruled that four St. Louis police officers must turn over some personal cell phone records as part of the department's investigation into who forwarded the photo of a man killed in a shootout with law enforcement earlier this month.

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Crime Scene Photo
3:04 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

5 officers involved in crime scene photo scandal

Crime scene tape blocks off the area involved in a March 8 shootout in St. Louis. A cell phone photo of the body of Carlos Boles, the man killed in the shootout, is the subject of an investigation.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Attorneys say five St. Louis police officers have now admitted to sharing a graphic cell phone photo of the body of a man killed in a March 8 shootout with authorities.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that revelation came Tuesday during a federal court hearing.

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Morning round-up
9:43 am
Fri March 25, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, March 25, 2011

The St. Louis Police Officers' Association has filed a challenge to a potential 2012 ballot measures granting St. Louis control of the police department. (SLPR news)

St. Louis Police: No Local Control

The top officers of the St. Louis Police Officers' Association are challenging a potential 2012 ballot measure granting St. Louis and Kansas City local control of their police department.  The lawsuit filed Thursday in Cole County contends the summary and financial estimate that would appear on the statewide ballot are unfair and misleading.

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Morning round-up
9:13 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Jared Lee Lougher, the suspect in the January shooting rampaige in Tucson, Az. will undergo a mental evaluation in Springfield, Mo. (U.S. Marshals Service)
  • According to the Associated Press, an Arizona judge Monday ordered Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the January shooting rampage in Tucson, to undergo a mental evaluation at a Missouri facility. The exam will be conducted at the federal Bureau of Prisons facility in Springfield no later than April 29. The 22 year-old Loughner has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the January 8 shooting that killed six people and wounded 13, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords. The judged ordered the scope of the exam to be limited to whether Loughner is competent to stand trial, not whether he was sane at the time of the shooting. Defense lawyers have not said if they intend to present an insanity defense.

  • The chairwoman of the Missouri Conservation Commission says she is running for lieutenant governor in 2012. Becky Plattner announced her candidacy yesterday in Marshall, where she previously was the Saline County presiding commissioner. Plattner also campaigned to be the state's No. 2 executive in 2008, losing in the Democratic primary. The office may be open in 2012, because Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is expected to run for governor. The Marshall Democrat-News reports that Plattner cited her two terms in county government as providing her the experience to be lieutenant governor. She said she also has knowledge and experience in promoting agriculture, tourism, senior services and veterans' issues. Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley, a Republican from Perryville, also is considering a run for lieutenant governor.

  • A St. Louis police officer has been implicated in taking and releasing a photo of a suspect killed in a shoot-out with law enforcement officials. Carlos Boles shot and killed a federal marshal, injured another marshal and a St. Louis police officer as they attempted to take him into custody on a warrant earlier this month. The officers returned fire and killed Boles. St. Louis Police said in a statement yesterday that a distasteful photo that was released of Boles' body came from an officer who was part of the SWAT team. Chief Dan Isom has ordered the officer off the SWAT team. The discipline the officer will face will be determined at the conclusion of an internal affairs investigation. The department has not released the officer's name.

Crime Scene Photo
5:52 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

St. Louis police officer implicated in taking Boles crime scene photo, releasing it

The St. Louis Police Department has announced a police officer has been implicated in the release of a photo of the body of Carlos Boles. Boles (pictured) was killed in a shootout earlier this month in which a U.S. Marshal was also killed, at Boles' hand.
(UPI/Missouri Department of Corrections)

A St. Louis police officer has been implicated in taking and releasing a photo of a suspect killed in a shoot-out with law enforcement officials.

Carlos Boles shot and killed a federal marshal, injured another marshal and a St. Louis police officer as they attempted to take him into custody on a warrant earlier this month.

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St. Louis Police Department
4:16 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

St. Louis Police Dept. activates Violent Offense Team after recent incidents

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Intelligence gathered after last night’s fatal shooting in North St. Louis has led the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to believe the incident is tied to several other homicides from the last two weeks.

In hopes of supplementing intelligence efforts and arresting possible suspects, the department has activated the Violent Offense Team.

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Police budget
4:18 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Budget changes will save officer positions

The city's Board of Police Commissioners today approved changes to the department's budget for the 2012 fiscal year that will prevent the loss, through attrition, of 65 officers.

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