St. Louis Public Safety

Police Accountability
4:22 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

City's Public Safety Committee Wants Regular Meetings With Police Chief

Alderman Antonio French said regular updates from St. Louis Police chief Sam Dotson would increase police accountability.
Credit Joseph Michael Leahy

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s Public Safety Committee wants monthly updates from Police Chief Sam Dotson on the status of his department and crime in the city.

Committee members agreed Wednesday morning to request the updates as an interim solution while they work to establish a more permanent system of accountability. The police department has been under local control since 2013 after the city gained oversight from a state board.

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Homeless Camps
5:26 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Rice sues city for condemning homeless camp

Rev. Larry Rice is asking a US District Court of Missouri to review St. Louis' condemnation of his homeless camp, formerly located in the St. Louis neighborhood of Botanical Heights.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Reverend Larry Rice is suing the city of St. Louis and Public Safety Director Eddie Roth for condemning a homeless camp he tried to set up last month near Interstate 44. 

The federal lawsuit filed Friday claims Roth failed to give a hearing prior to closing down the vacant lot on Vandeventer and interfered the group’s religious freedom.

“They went and condemned that vacant ground," Rice said. "And in a matter of hours they told us we had to get off the property and if we didn’t that we’d be arrested – of which I was arrested. And there was no violation.”

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Eddie Roth
10:51 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Slay appoints Eddie Roth Public Safety Director

Eddie Roth has been named the new public safety director for the city of St. Louis. He replaces Charles Bryson, who will remain a senior adviser to the mayor.
Office of Mayor Francis Slay

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has appointed Eddie Roth as the city's new director of public safety.

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