STL Cops to End World's Oldest Profession by Publicly Shaming Johns with Postcards

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Nobody sends postcards anymore...except the police.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department wants to put an end to prostitution once and for all, darn it! And they're going to do it with the help of bright yellow postcards.

Captain Dan Howard of the SLMPD's 1st precinct says people in Carondelet and Holly Hills are sick and tired of prostitutes walking the streets, so he's going to put them out of business with a public-shaming campaign. People arrested for prostitution and solicitation will get a snarky postcard informing them of their court date.

Here's what the card says:

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St. Louis Cops Aren't Required to Have Training in Dealing with Mentally Ill People

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Police officers in the entire St. Louis metropolitan area might be expected to deal with mentally ill people on a daily basis, but they're not required to have any training about it.

Last week, when the Post-Dispatch published a story and video of St. Louis City police officers beating Mario Crump, a mentally ill man, most people felt sympathy for the man getting beat. But many also had empathy for the officers who had the difficult job of restraining a belligerent man whose own family had called the police on him.

There was also a lot of anger over the method the police officers used: Several hard baton swings and at least one swift punch on a man who was kicking at the officers while sitting in a chair. The image of two officers standing over and beating a man in a chair gave the impression that these St. Louis Metropolitan police officers did not know how to deal with a mentally ill person.

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Family of Man Shot to Death By St. Louis Police Say Cops Lied

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Stephon Averyhart
Did Stephon Averyhart really point a gun at two St. Louis police officers?

The St. Louis Police Department says he did -- and that's why they shot him to death.

But the 27-year-old's family says he was just running away because he was a constant target for traffic cops and, with a few traffic-ticket warrants on his record that he had trouble trying to pay, he took his chances and ran instead of getting yet another one.

Cops say he pulled a gun on them. Averyhart's family say that's absurd, given the car mechanic's nonviolent character and his unnecessary need to escalate things to that level. He's never been a violent criminal, they say. Just one with a bad driving record.

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"Trippin' Balls" Attack Story Continues with a Cowardly Lion Protesting Police Corruption

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Jefferson City isn't that far from Kansas, actually.
Remember that story about Scott Davis, that guy who was was tripping so hard, he got butt-naked, beat-up people -- including a cop -- and got 25 years in prison? Well, a man in a "cowardly lion" suit stood in front of the state capitol on Saturday to protest alleged police corruption in the O'Fallon Police Department that Davis' family says caused the long sentence.

"Governor Nixon awarded the medal of valor to an O'Fallon police officer based on lies," the man said in a video sent to Daily RFT.

The "lies" the man was referring to is based on the 2012 incident that saw then 23-year-old Davis get ridiculously high on LSD and brutally attacked his friend, Catherine Naber. The initial attack is not up for dispute. However, Scott's family -- and Naber herself -- have been arguing for months that the police officer called to the scene lied about saving Naber once he got there, something for which he was awarded a Medal of Valor by the governor.

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Got an Arrest Warrant and Tired of Running from the Cops? STL City Wants to "Forgive" You

St. Louis City jail might not be this bad, but it still sucks.
If you have a nonviolent city ordinance violation and are tired of your heart beat doubling every time you see a cop car, you're in luck - the City of St. Louis is offering to cancel your warrant and give you a new court date in exchange for $35.

According to a press release from the city: "From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week, individuals who believe they are in warrant can come to the St. Louis City Municipal Court at 1520 Market Street (enter from 16th Street) to cancel warrants and get a new court date. The cost is $35 whether someone has one warrant or a dozen."

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Wary of Mass Surveillance and Privacy Risks, New Group Wants St. Louis "Drone Free"

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St. Louis' mayor, police chief, and top prosecutor all want the same thing: drones.

When the topic of drones flying over St. Louis was in the news last summer, they said drones will help fight crime, catch the bad guys, and make surveillance easier. But a new group that opposes the use of drones in St. Louis wants to tell the city's residents that the controversial devices could do more to restrict liberty than increase safety.

Drone Free St. Louis was launched Tuesday to coincide with the internet-based protest "The Day We Fight Back," which is a coordinated response among various internet entities like Reddit and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to protest the NSA's mass surveillance programs. The timing fits because if it wasn't for the revelations of the NSA programs, John Chesnoff, one of the founders of the Drone Free St. Louis campaign, might sound a tad paranoid to the average person.

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Why Do Some St. Louis County Cops Wear Military-Style Camouflage Uniforms?

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St. Louis County police arrest a protester.
Ever see St. Louis County cops in camouflage military fatigues on the street and wonder why they're dressed like they're going to Iraq instead of Creve Coeur?

That's the county's Tactical Operations Unit -- the SWAT team -- and Sergeant Matthew Pleviak tells Daily RFT that the camouflage is worn so the SWAT cops can "blend in with the environment."

Blend in with the environment of Creve Coeur?

"If you go to any subdivison, there's grass and trees and bushes," Pleviak explains.

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Cop Fired for Shoving Man Head-First into Wall Says He Deserves to Be Back in Uniform

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Ex-Cop Rob Sanders pushes Kenneth Baker into the wall.
In August of 2011, Columbia police officer Rob Sanders charged at Kenneth Baker, an inmate standing in a holding cell, causing his head to smack against the wall. The police brutality incident was caught on the jail's surveillance video and ended up costing the city $250,000 in an out-of-court settlement. It also cost Sanders his job -- but he wants it back.

Sanders has been fighting for his job ever since Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton showed him the door back in 2011. Since then, he has been rejected by Burton and Columbia city manager Mike Matthes. Burton claims Sanders' actions were inexcusable and he should have handled it differently while Matthes tells the Columbia Daily Tribune that, "We're not trying to make it harder on Rob to find a job...We're also not interested in having him back with the city."

Sanders is now appealing that decision and is in court this week for oral arguments.

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Power of Monsanto: Shareholder Meeting Had More Cops, Arrests Than Votes for GMO Labels

Categories: Bidness, Police

Ray Downs
At the Monsanto shareholders' meeting on Tuesday in which activists called for a vote on whether the company should enact mandatory GMO labeling, two things were clear: Mandatory GMO labels aren't happening any time soon, and the police have Monsanto's back.

"He has just entered a blue Ford F-150," a Creve Coeur cop says into a walkie talkie as Dave Murphy, a farmer and food activist who had just given a speech to about 50 protesters near the Monsanto entrance on Olive Avenue, gets into his truck.

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Cop's "Stupid Potheads" Remarks Spark Marijuana Legalization Debate Wednesday

Remember when that Missouri drug cop said that people who think marijuana should be legalized are a bunch of illiterate potheads who collect welfare checks?

Well, that has resulted in a debate on marijuana legalization to be held this Wednesday at the Ethical Society of St. Louis.

It all started because of a "Facebook moment" retired Missouri Drug Task Force sergeant Kevin Glaser had in October when he addressed a group of people at a town hall in Cape Girardeau, many of whom were supporters of marijuana law reform group Show-Me Cannabis. During the meeting, Glaser addressed the crowd respectfully, despite not agreeing with them. But when he got home, he said what he really thought on Facebook, which wasn't very nice:

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