According to a database compiled by killedbypolice.net, there have been 23 officer-involved deaths in Missouri so far this year. However, not all of them were shot.
A Kansas City woman was killed when she pulled out in front of a police cruiser. Also, two St. Louis area men died after jumping out of a squad car and an ambulance while in police custody.
Out of the 23 deaths, 13 of the victims were white and two were females.
Walton Gray’s bill would implement a board that comprise of: a retired judge, former sheriff or police chief, an assistant attorney general, a professor with expertise in criminal law, criminal defense attorney and a former prosecutor with at least ten years of experience. The members would be appointed by the attorney general.
The Missouri Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) says it will oppose the measure.
FOP President Kevin Ahlbrand says a statewide oversight board would just “add another layer of bureaucracy that’s not needed.”
Walton Gray also has pre-filed a measure to require all police to wear body cameras. St. Louis Senator Jamilah Nasheed has filed body camera legislation, as has Rep. Brandon Ellington from the Kansas City area.
Ahlbrand says the FOP will oppose those measures as well, not because body cameras are a bad idea, but because cost and privacy issues are still a concern.