ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A Fox Park resident wants to leave St. Louis police out of the search for her stolen bike. She worries for the safety of the young black man who took it.

(KMOX Photo/Michael D'Amaro)

(KMOX Photo/Michael D’Amaro)

Elizabeth Van Winkle, a 10-year city resident, posted fliers around the neighborhood imploring the young man to give it back because “[St. Louis Police] are not known to handle situations with young black men well.”

“This is sort of like a community issue,” Van Winkle says. “A lot of the kids in our neighborhoods are kind of out of hand, and I think we need to be trying to handle this.”

She knows the boy who took the bike, she sees him riding around the neighborhood on it. Even still, Van Winkle doesn’t think the police would help in a stolen bike situation given the city’s larger problems.

She doesn’t trust the current St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department administrative structure.

“I’ve known cops that were nice and honestly had no intention of hurting any kids or any people of color,” Van Winkle said. “But I think there are some people in power right now that need to step down.”

SLMPD did not respond to a request for comment for this story.

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  1. V York says:

    KMOX this is the story (interview) I woke up to this morning and the reason I will no longer listen to KMOX. Already deleted off my car radio too. (the Mark Reardon show will be sorely missed)

    The fact you even gave this low life an interview is beyond digusting. You are perpetuating a lie just like the “hands up don’t shoot” movement. If you really cared about young black men being mistreated by police then you would do your job and interview young black men that have been wronged by the police so we can get the story first hand or possibly actually do your job as a media outlet and delve into these stories and bring out the real facts no matter who looks bad in the end.

    I hope this “other white woman” never gets a response from the police department for her flyer, interview or even if she is lying in the street bleeding to death.

    Shame on you KMOX for giving this attention seeking person a public voice. Shame on you KMOX for not digging deeper and actually reporting facts. Shame on you for perpetuating a lie. You have now become part of the much bigger problem. Such a shame to destroy a great tradition in my family of being KMOX fans.

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