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St. Louis County Police Apologize for Offensive Facebook Post About Tamir Rice

Categories: Ferguson, Police

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Lindsay Toler
Both County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the Fenton precinct's Facebook post was "offensive."
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar called an officer's post on the Fenton precinct's Facebook page "misguided" and "offensive" after its victim-blaming message sparked outrage.

The post used the death of twelve-year-old Tamir Rice, who was gunned down by police in Ohio while holding a replica gun, to instruct parents on how to set rules for children when it comes to toy weapons. The now-deleted Facebook diatribe says parents should "know how officers are trained" and warns them that police will respond to a child's toy gun "as though it is a real gun" until they know otherwise.

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Mayor Slay: St. Louis Will Hire 160 New Police Officers

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Alderwoman Phyllis Young, public safety committee chair Richard Gray, public safety director Adolphus Pruitt, Mayor Francis Slay and Sgt. Darren Wilson, president of the Ethical Society of Police.
St. Louis will hire 160 new police officers over the next two years with a special focus on recruiting from the black community, says Mayor Francis Slay.

Citing "the Ferguson effect" and two recent violent crimes -- a Bosnian man killed by hammer-wielding teens in Bevo Mill and a shooting at a south-city bar that injured six -- Slay says St. Louis' increasing crime rate means its time to add more officers to the force. Since August, the city has seen a 6 percent increase in crimes against persons, and there have already been eighteen more homicides this year than there were in 2013.

"This is something that is very disturbing to me," Slay tells Daily RFT. "These are very senseless crimes. The fact is that we need to make sure the cops have the resources and the manpower necessary to deal with this."

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There's a St. Louis County Police Parody Twitter Account

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Ray Downs
No, the St. Louis County Police are not the ones sending those tweets you've been seeing.
Been seeing tweets from the St. Louis County Police Department that were a little too honest lately?

Well, they're not really from the police. Some comic genius launched a parody account for the county police this week, using the handle @sticountypd. (Capitalize that "i," and it's almost impossible to tell the two accounts apart. Almost.)

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Protesters Clash with Police, Burn Flags, Damage Business near Shaw Shooting Site

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Ray Downs
Police wore riot gear and used tear gas early Friday morning, like the officers in Ferguson during West Florissant Avenue protests.
Protesters lashed out at police on South Grand Boulevard Thursday night, injuring an officer and breaking windows near the site where an off-duty St. Louis police officer fatally shot eighteen-year-old Vonderrit D. Myers Jr. the night before.

Eight protesters were arrested after police broke up the protest around 1 a.m. with pepper spray, police said Friday morning. Five people were arrested for unlawful assembly, two for property damage and one for marijuana possession.


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St. Louis Area Police Now Have Five Fatal Officer Shootings Under Investigation for 2014

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Ray Downs
Police shootings have inspired protests across the area.
The fatal shooting of eighteen-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis Metropolitan police officer Wednesday night has brought the number of fatal police shootings in 2014 that are currently under investigation in St. Louis city and county to five.

All five of the deceased are black men under the age of 31. Two are accused of having a gun. One had a knife, as video evidence shows. And two were unarmed.

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St. Louis County Police Staying Quiet About Video Recordings, Investigation of Protesters

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Ray Downs
St. Louis County police officers have been investigating protesters since the Michael Brown shooting.
The St. Louis County Police Department is keeping quiet about its ongoing investigation of protesters. But they will say this: There will likely be an investigation for as long as the protests last.

That's what Lieutenant Jeff Burk, who heads the records division at the STLCPD tells Daily RFT. Burk also says that a "civil disturbance report" filed on the day Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is being used by police as a sort of umbrella investigation to file other protester-related incidents under, including arrests.

Last week, Daily RFT filed a Sunshine request for the video recordings for three days in September that STLCPD officers were seen making of protesters. That request was denied on grounds that the recordings are part of an "active investigation" related to arrests of protesters.

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St. Louis County Police Recording Protesters As Part of Ongoing Investigation [UPDATE]

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Ray Downs
A St. Louis County police officer records protesters in front of the Ferguson Police Department.
Protesters have been recording police since the first day of the Ferguson protests -- and now, the St. Louis County Police Department are recording them as part of an "active investigation" they will give few details about.

Daily RFT submitted a Sunshine Request to obtain the videos made by police officers for three separate evenings in September in which at least one police officer was clearly seen holding a camcorder in the direction of protesters. That request was denied on grounds that the recordings are part of an open investigation into "those arrested during the protests," said Sharon Pezold, a records coordinator for the STLCPD.

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Brand-New Flordell Hills Police Department Busts Officer for Stealing Pills From Evidence

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Jeremy Quate, 31.
On its first official day of existence, the Flordell Hills Police Department announced it has already had to lock up one of its own officers for stealing from the evidence room.

Jeremy Quate, 31, of Belleville, Illinois, is charged with stealing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance after he told police he took prescription medicine from an evidence safe.

Quate was one of the six police officers scheduled to take over patrolling Flordell Hills, a St. Louis suburb with 822 residents within less than a square mile, on Wednesday. Instead, he's locked up and under investigation by the St. Louis County Police while the rest of the force hits the streets.


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Still No Answers Seven Months After Police Shoot and Kill Stephon Averyhart

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Stephon Averyhart
Seven months have passed since police officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shot and killed 27-year-old Stephon Averyhart during a wild chase, but the investigation is still ongoing and few details have been released. Now, the mother of the deceased wants to know why it's taking so long -- and why she has never been contacted by police since they called her to identify her son's body.

On February 12, Averyhart was fleeing police before he crashed his car into a telephone poll near the corner of Harney Avenue and Union Boulevard. He then jumped out of the car and ran as officers followed him on foot. Averyhart turned into an alley and then was shot dead by the officers. The officers say Averyhart pointed a gun at them first and a gun was found on the scene. But friends and relatives say he although he kept a gun for self-protection, he wasn't the type to shoot at police; he was just running to evade getting arrested for warrants from unpaid tickets.

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Ferguson Reduces Fines, Adds Police Review Board to "Improve Trust, Transparency"

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Ray Downs
Ever since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, one of the main topics of concern has been the deep rift between police and the community, including the city's court system and policing tactics, which residents say unfairly targets black people and overly impacts low-income people.

Some of that might change with the Ferguson City Council announcing it will make moderate policy changes in an effort to build trust within the community.

The proposed changes, announced Monday night, will include a cap of how much the city can collect for its general city operations, a citizen review board to give the community more oversight of its police department, the abolishing of several court fines, payment plans for outstanding fines and a one-month warrant recall period.

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