Police Union Unhappy FBI Will Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Police Officers Association is unhappy with Police Chief Sam Dotson’s decision to invite the FBI to take a second look at a police shooting that left a man dead.
Police Officers Association Business Manager Jeff Roorda says two officers involved in the April shooting of Cary Ball Jr. have already been exonerated by an internal investigation.
“In this department, it’s always been guilty until proven innocent. Now it’s guilty until proven innocent again and again and again,” Roorda says.
Cary Ball Jr., 25, was shot and killed by police downtown on April 24, 2013 following a car chase, crash, and foot pursuit.
Ball was carrying a handgun, according to both sides, when he ran from his crashed car at Cole and 9th Streets.
Police have said he pointed the gun at officers and they fired on him in self-defense. The Ball family, through their attorney Freeman Bosley Jr., has said witnesses saw Ball throw down his gun and begin to surrender at the time police opened fire, shooting him 21 times.
An internal investigation found witnesses told conflicting tales though none saw Ball point a gun at officers.
Ball’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in June, naming the two officers, their supervisors, and the board of police commissioners. Several protests were held outside St. Louis Police headquarters over the summer.
Police Chief Sam Dotson says evidence shows the officers acted properly but he decided to ask the FBI to take a look at the case to be thorough.
“I don’t understand why the chief doesn’t have more confidence in his own homicide division. They looked at this, they said it was a justified use of deadly force,” Roorda added.