Undercover officer: Colleagues beat him ‘like Rodney King’
Jan22

Undercover officer: Colleagues beat him ‘like Rodney King’

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An undercover St. Louis police officer reported that his colleagues beat him “like Rodney King” when they mistook him for a protester following the acquittal of a white former officer in the fatal shooting of a black man, according to newly released court documents. Det. Luther Hall, who is black, also described the attack as a “free for all” in an affidavit that the FBI used to justify...

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Partnership aims to reduce violent crime in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri attorney general’s office is partnering with the U.S. attorney’s office in St. Louis to address high rates of violent crime in St. Louis. Attorney General Eric Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen announced details of the “Safer Streets” initiative at a news conference Tuesday. “As the state’s chief law enforcement officer, I cannot stand idly by as our communities...

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Bringing justice to victims of sex trafficking
Jan18

Bringing justice to victims of sex trafficking

DOWNTOWN — January is Sex Trafficking Awareness month in St. Louis, and during the month local organizations, charities, advocates and individuals will come together to raise awareness of an issue that has long affected various communities.   According to the Department of Homeland Security, every year millions of men, women, and children from various racial backgrounds, education and socioeconomic levels are victims of human...

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Freed from jail, trapped by monitoring fees
Jan18

Freed from jail, trapped by monitoring fees

DOWNTOWN — Local legal organizations such as the Arch City Defenders, the St. Louis Public Defender’s Office, The Bail Project and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri co-signed a letter to the 22nd Judicial Circuit, describing what they call the unfairness of forcing those who have been arrested and then released on bail to use a private pretrial service and electronic monitoring company. Jocelyn Garner was ordered...

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Bill seeks to improve conditions of pregnant inmates
Jan15

Bill seeks to improve conditions of pregnant inmates

DOWNTOWN — A jail cell is never a good place for a woman to be when she’s pregnant. But Sixth Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia is doing what she can to guarantee pregnant inmates will have the maximum chance of delivering healthy babies while in St. Louis jails. Ingrassia introduced a bill at Friday’s Board of Aldermen meeting that would require the city provide for the health of pregnant inmates. The bill, which is co-sponsored by...

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New Year’s Eve vigil honors St. Louis homicide victims
Jan03

New Year’s Eve vigil honors St. Louis homicide victims

KINGSWAY WEST— “This country needs love right now.” Those were the words that community activist and vice president of community outreach for Better Family Life James Clark said he uttered when he got a brief moment to speak with President Donald Trump. Clark was recently honored by the U.S. Department of Justice for his work against violence in St. Louis. He offered those same words to sorrow-faced families from St. Louis city and...

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