ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Now that the mayor has signed it into law, how will members be picked for the Civilian Review Board for St. Louis Police?
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is hoping the panel of citizens picked to review allegations against city police is objective.
“I want someone that’s fair to the officers and fair to the community,” Dotson says. “So, I think we have to look around and look for business people, look for educators, look for community people that are well-planted in our community, that have a vision for the future.”
“They’re going to play a pivotal role, a key role, in the relationships and the future of the city,” he says.
Some aldermen say they want panel members who don’t have a bias – for or against – the police.
“We definitely have to make sure … that we don’t have a bunch of people … hating the police, you know, on the board,” says Alderman Chris Carter.
The police union is negotiating with the city on how to pick panel members who won’t have a political agenda.
The union has threatened to sue to stop the Civilian Review Board if it feels the selection process is slanted.
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