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Police Accountability Dominates Meeting on Local Control

"I'm scared to call the police, something is very wrong here."
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A St. Louis Police Department vehicle is pictured in front of the old police headquarters in downtown St. Louis on November 7, 2012. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

A St. Louis Police Department vehicle is pictured in front of the old police headquarters in downtown St. Louis on November 7, 2012. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A public meeting in North City designed to get input on how the St. Louis Police Department should change since it gained local control four months ago turned into a discussion about police accountability.

“People are scared of the police, I’m scared of the police. I’m scared to call the police. Something is very wrong here,” said one woman Wednesday night.

She was among several people who called for a citizen’s review board.

But Chief Sam Dotson refused to comment on if he would support such a board.

“Certainly everything said will be digested and found away to be put into practice that makes sense,” he said. “I go to lots of neighborhood meetings and I hear lots of feedback we just need to continue the conversation.”

Launching a citizen’s review board was a major topic discussed in Dotson’s twitter town hall last month.

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