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St. Louis County Police Department will undergo comprehensive review, funded by Civic Progress

Protesters gathered at the intersection of Gravois and MacKenzie roads to support the Black Lives Matter movement June 6. Some protesters' signs, like that above, called for defunding the police.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 30, 2020

The St. Louis County Police Department will undergo an independent, privately funded review of public safety, use of force and community policing, the county executive announced Monday. County Executive Sam Page and Urban League President and CEO Michael P. McMillan jointly announced on Monday the start o...

New police chief faces questions over department, racism and her response

Lt. Col. Mary Barton

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 26, 2020

County officials are divided over whether there is systemic racism in the St. Louis County Police Department, with Democratic County Council members and even a member of the police board that just hired Chief Mary Barton questioning the leadership of the brand-new police chief on the issue. Barton took over the...

Capt. Mary Barton named first female police chief in St. Louis County history

Lt. Col. Mary Barton

March 19, 2020

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners has chosen Capt. Mary Barton, who commands the West County Precinct, as the first female police chief in county history. Since Chief Jon Belmar announced his retirement Feb. 10, the Board of Police Commissioners has asked for public input to “inspire...

Belmar announces he’ll retire as chief of St. Louis County Police Department

Elizabeth Snyder, right, is consoled by St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar, left, following the sentencing for Trenton E. Forster Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Clayton. Forster, 20, was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in the 2016 shooting death of St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

February 10, 2020

Chief Jon Belmar announced Monday that he will retire as the head of the St. Louis County Police Department, effective April 30. The announcement comes in the wake of County Executive Sam Page appointing new members to the police board following a $10 million settlement of a discrimination lawsuit aga...

New Page appointments would mean a female-majority police board

Police board members Laurie Westfall, left, and Art Johnson during an emergency meeting of the board held Oct. 29. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

November 14, 2019

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page has nominated two new members to the county police board, which if approved would form the first female-majority police board in county history. Page announced Thursday he is appointing Laurie Punch and Thomasina Hassler to the St. Louis County Board of Police Co...

Page backtracks on Belmar; appoints new police board members

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners meets Oct. 29 before going into closed session, as police Chief Jon Belmar, far left, looks on. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

November 5, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com In the days after a $20 million verdict against the St. Louis County Police Department for discrimination, County Executive Sam Page appeared to call for the end of Chief Jon Belmar’s tenure and then backtracked to say the chief will lead eff...

Page appoints two new police board members after $20 million discrimination verdict

Pictured above: Police board member Laurie Westfall, left, speaks during an emergency board meeting Tuesday.  Photo by Erin Achenbach.

November 1, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County Executive Sam Page promised all week that he would appoint new members to the county Board of Police Commissioners Friday, and he followed through by announcing two new appointments, including a former Missouri Supreme ...

Police board agrees to outside review of St. Louis County Police Department after $20 million discrimination verdict

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners meets Oct. 29 before going into closed session, as police Chief Jon Belmar, far left, looks on. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

October 30, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The civilian-led St. Louis County police board agreed to an outside review of the county Police Department Tuesday after a jury awarded a $20 million verdict last week to an Oakville officer who said he was repeatedly denied promotions because he ...

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