Jeff Jensen | St. Louis Public Radio

Jeff Jensen

In the past two decades, the federal government took in $36.5 billion in assets police seized from people, many of whom never were charged with a crime or shown to have drugs.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

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Law-enforcement agencies in St. Charles County got a budget windfall of more than $1 million in 2017.

The unplanned money wasn’t the result of higher taxes or donations, but instead came from a court process known as civil asset forfeiture.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen answer questions on Jan. 22, 2019 after announcing that lawyers from Schmitt’s office will help federal prosecutors handle violent crime cases.
Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

The U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis is getting extra manpower to help prosecute gun and drug cases in the city and St. Louis County.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Tuesday that as many as five assistant attorneys general from his office will be deputized to serve as federal prosecutors, a level of cooperation Schmitt called unprecedented.

Police officers line up on Washington Ave. in downtown St. Louis on Sept. 28, 2018 as people protest against the Stockley verdict and against mass arrests during a protest the previous week.
File photo | Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 7:15 p.m. with comments from St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner — Four St. Louis police officers were indicted on federal charges Thursday in connection with the assault of an undercover officer during protests related to the Jason Stockley court ruling in 2017.

The four St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers named in the indictment are Dustin Boone, 35, Bailey Colletta, 25, Randy Hays, 31, and Christopher Myers, 27. All have been suspended without pay.