Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem on Thursday also ordered the lawsuit to be transferred to St. Louis Circuit Court.
Several administrators accused of using private correspondence to hide from public view
The Wall Street Journal reports that other than a few successful bills on body cameras for police officers, most other measures have failed or stalled amid opposition from police unions and prosecutors.
Details of the program will be unveiled Friday during an NAACP-sponsored community leadership brunch near St. Louis, a week after the U.S. Department of Justice released a report critical of the county’s family court system that handles about 6,000 youth cases each year.
A department investigation being released this morning accuses the court of treating blacks more harshly than whites, denying youths their constitutional rights, and coercing confessions.
Former St. Louis County police chief Tim Fitch believes the prosecution of officers may just be to quiet an angry community.
Lauren Bach, 23, was beaten to death in June of last year, and the suspect, Raheem Thorpe, was charged with first-degree murder and originally held on no bond.
Judge: “He had a dark heart and no conscience.”
The action comes after some felons allegedly caught with guns have claimed the state law banning that is unconstitutional because, they claim, a constitutional amendment approved by voters last year gives all Missouri citizens the right to bear arms.
St. Louis County is looking to join St. Louis City, St. Charles, and Jefferson County in having a veterans’ court in place.