Some aldermen say they want panel members who don’t have a bias – for or against – the police.
At times during the two-hour hearing, Dotson admitted the obvious – that the crime rate in St. Louis has outpaced the ability of the existing police force to keep up.
There has been an officer-involved shooting in the 5000 block of Ridge in the city of St. Louis.
“We arrest criminals and they say ‘I’m not worried about it. I got paper. I got probation the first time, and I’ll get paper the second time,'” complained a frustrated Police Chief Sam Dotson.
Dotson has set up a committee to look at “best practices” from those already using them, but he says right now the city can’t afford them.
Rapid Response Team will target popular entertainment districts.
The officer-involved shooting happened before 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 4100 block of Minnesota in South St. Louis.
The Highway Patrol does not have the funding to assign troopers in the city, Col. Ron Replogle told Missouri’s Senate Appropriations Committee.
Police say he pulled TEC-9 with extended clip on officers.
The sister of St Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson was arrested around 4:30 this afternoon on suspicion of drunk driving.