News of Banned Police List Leaks

By Free Radical

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner.

On Thursday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch released news that the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office has a list of police officers that are not allowed to bring cases to court.

The names of the officers were not identified nor were the infractions they committed that warranted them being placed on the list. However, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner alluded to impropriety in a statement explaining that “Police integrity is at the core of the community’s confidence in the criminal justice system. To do our jobs properly and legally, we must have confidence in the accuracy and honesty of the oral and written reports of police officers. A police officer’s word, and the complete veracity of that word, is fundamentally necessary to doing the job. Therefore, any break in trust must be approached with deep concern.”

The revelation of the list will likely cause tensions between the Circuit Attorney’s Office and the police to become even more strained. Since Gardner’s appointment in 2017, police officers have refused to testify in cases involving nonfatal police shootings over concerns that they too could be prosecuted. The Circuit Attorney’s also decided to drop nearly 30 misdemeanor and felony cases that involved an officer whose actions were deemed to be “questionable” and “unacceptable.”

Discomfort has also reached that of new police chief John Hayden who in a statement released Saturday said that the list had not been “properly vetted” and was an “unnecessary overreach.” However later that Saturday Gardner said she had “documented communications” about the list between her office and Major Michael Sack, who is the Commander of Professional Standards.

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