Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Anti-police protests have quieted down in the St. Louis area, but the head of the city’s police officers union says morale on the force is still low.

St. Louis Police Officers Association President Joe Steiger says that’s due in part to the continuing criticism from some leaders, including St. Louis aldermen.

Steiger says officers are still doing their job, but they are more hesitant, and he fears hesitation could be the difference between life and death.

“The last thing we want to see is an officer put in a situation and he or she hesitates and it ends up causing the officer to be injured or to die,” Steiger says.

He says for that to change, officers need to begin seeing more support from elected officials and civic leaders.

“I believe they are still out there working hard,” Steiger says. “I think it is still the hesitation rather than the lack of productivity.”

Steiger says it’s normal to see a reduction in productivity by police after events like Ferguson and Baltimore, but that doesn’t mean they’re not aggressively enforcing the laws.

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