ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – One year after Sam Dotson was promoted to St. Louis Police Chief he is credited for opening the lines of communication with his officers, but also criticized for not backing them up, according to President of the Police Officers’ Association Joe Steiger.

“We’ve had some really good communication with him and we’ve had some problems with him too,” Steiger said. “He has come to us and asked our input on some of the special orders that he was getting ready to put out. That’s obviously a good thing.”

But Steiger said Dotson slipped up when he called in the FBI to investigate an officer-involved shooting. Cary Ball Jr., 25, was shot and killed by police the evening of April 24th near the Edward Jones Dome.

Witnesses, friends and family allege Ball was unarmed.

“I think he was trying to validate the investigation,” Steiger said, but added “I think the officers on the street really need for him to do is stand up for them.”

“It undermines the credibility of the police department in my estimation.”

In the new year, Steiger said he hopes for the dialogue between the chief and the association to continues to grow.

“Hopefully [Dotson] can made decisions based on all the things that the chief has to take in account, including how the men and women on the street feel about an issue.”


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