ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Following yesterday’s fatal police-involved shooting in North St. Louis, Chief Sam Dotson is responding to questions about safety in the city.
“I tried to get out to the community, get the story out in its totality, with as much information that I had, so that all of those questions people had could be answered sooner rather than later,” he says.
Dotson refutes claims the department is stretched too far because of deploying city officers to Ferguson.
“We have a plan and we have a contingency of officers, and we certainly will take care of the city of St. Louis to protect life and the businesses in the city,” he says.
Dotson says this is a time when the community needs its police officers, and he adds that even if he would try to give officers time off, they’d decline because they want to be at work.
“This is a time when the community needs their police officers, the officers know that the support is there in the community, and they want to come to work and they want to do their job,” he says.
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