"All investigative leads have been fully explored and followed. It pains me to state the obvious, but this Office takes allegations of police wrongdoing most seriously. In the last two years, unrelated to the towing investigation, we have successfully prosecuted multiple instances of police misconduct and that same dedication and effort has been present in the S&H Towing matter. As with any investigation, however, not all allegations are true and not all true allegations are provable. What is provable has been charged and what is not provable has not. No additional criminal charges are anticipated. I want to publicly thank and commend the agents who worked on this matter. None of these charges were self-proving and without their hard work and dedication, the four defendants who were successfully prosecuted might otherwise have gone unpunished. I also want to remind the public that the vast majority of the men and women who work in the St. Louis police department are honorable human beings who deserve our respect and gratitude for the job they do. The acts of a few bad officers should not tarnish an entire department."Meanwhile, the St. Louis police department issued a statement of its own yesterday, saying federal authorities had asked it not to launch its own investigation at the same time. With the conclusion of the federal inquiry, the police department says it will now ask that those agents to turn over what they know to the police.
The department will review those materials to determine what actions the department may need to take internally. If, throughout the course of any internal investigation the department learns of criminal behavior, that information will be shared with prosecuting authorities at the state and if applicable, federal level.In addition, the police board has filed suit against St. Louis Metropolitan Towing (a.k.a. S&H Towing) for the payment of monies of more than $450,000 it believes are owed to the department. A trial date is set for October of 2011.
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