CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – A website where local police share news and views has announced the establishment of a legal defense fund for St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch.

The message board ST. LOUIS COPTALK has posted an announcement from “supporters of Chief Fitch,” seeking donations for any possible legal expenses Fitch may incur should he become a target of reprisals from those he has asked the FBI to investigate.

Fitch called the Federal Bureau of Investigations, concerned about construction contracts for a new St. Louis County Police crime lab. Now the county is under subpoena and three members of the Board of Police Commissioners are out.

Retired St. Louis Police Sgt. Michael Dunn is organizing the fundraising effort. He writes that “Fitch displayed professionalism and leadership by his refusal to go along and get along with questionable activities of county political leaders and their supporters.”

“Many police commanders I know would have given themselves whiplash in their haste to look the other way,” Dunn writes. “Fitch to his credit, did not.”

Donations are being directed to an account at Bank of America. Dunn writes that if Fitch is not targeted for reprisal, all funds will be donated to Backstoppers, a local nonprofit group which provides financial support to families of police and firefighters who have died in the line of duty.


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