St. Louis Country Police Chief Tim Fitch announced today that he is planning to retire in February. Fitch has been chief since 2009. In a message posted to his blog, Fitch writes that it was "not an easy decision" but that he's been offered an opportunity to start his own public safety consulting b ... More >>
Sgt. David Bonenberger's lawsuit against the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for racial discrimination ended in victory yesterday, when a federal jury agreed that Bonenberger, who is white, was unfairly passed over for a position in favor of another candidate simply because she was black. ... More >>
Once upon a time in Missouri, back in the Civil War, our governor's heart belonged to the Confederacy. But St. Louis and its mighty police force leaned Union. So the governor and his legislator pals in Jefferson City created a state board to control us. That system is still in place a century and a ... More >>
When former city police sergeant Larry Davis pleaded guilty in federal court last April to selling pot, it became clear: He was a dirty cop. But he might've been even dirtier, earlier -- and the Internal Affairs Division might have known about it and done nothing. On Monday, St. Louisan Tiffany Cart ... More >>
With the city Chief of Police Dan Isom dodging questions about his rumored retirement, we're left to wonder: If he does step down, would it have anything to do with this civil lawsuit against former lieutenant Henrietta Arnold and the Board of Police Commissioners? Because sweet baby Jesus, a lot of ... More >>
Following a 2008 shootout in Granite City involving off-duty St. Louis police officers and an innocent man, the City of St. Louis is on the hook for $250,000, Missouri Lawyers Weekly has reported, following a Sunshine request. As we reported two years ago, city cop Bryan Pour entered a skirmish out ... More >>
An undercover detective for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department fired bullets into the body of an unarmed dying man, then tried to cover up his act by planting a gun near the scene of the killing, according to a federal lawsuit filed yesterday with the Eastern District of Missouri. The pol ... More >>
Image viaLt. Henrietta Arnold - Not going quietly into that good nightIt must really suck to be Lt. Henrietta Arnold of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police. Either she got royally screwed by the department, or she's quite possibly the worst police officer ever. Nobody disputes the following three p ... More >>
Epsten is out, Battle-Turner is in.In a move that could only happen in the backward world of St. Louis politics, the president of the Board of Police Commissioners was unceremoniously stripped of his title yesterday at a public meeting. Moments after losing the post, Todd Epsten resigned from ... More >>
The Cards-Astros home-opener wasn't the only shutout in town yesterday. Three years after improprieties involving city cops and 2006 World Series tickets confiscated from scalpers came to light, a St. Louis judge last night issued a final ruling in the related Sunshine Law case against ... More >>
Uncle Vinnie resigns.Vincent Bommarito is a civilian again, just the owner of a fancy restaurant.The 79-year-old proprietor of Tony's today -- "after much thought and prayer over the past several days" -- offered his resignation from the Board of Police Commissioners, effective immediately.I ... More >>
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Joe Mokwa has come under fire for the police department's dealings with a contracted towing firm that allegedly gave out cars to officers -- and to Mokwa's daughter, Aimie Mokwa -- for extended "test drives." Will Mokwa come away from this debacle with his job in ... More >>
Did the city deliberately tailor the ordinance and bid requirements to favor only one red-light camera company?
Week of March 23, 2005
Are you listening? The RFT goes stumping with Francis.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department keeps a tight lid on internal affairs. Even if it means breaking the law.
Vandalism isn't a crime in St. Louis. Just ask the police.
St. Louis police may be close to getting the right to live where they want
What's the point of cracking open this Nutt?
Police commissioner Eddie Roth leaves for an Ohio newspaper
The city puts the squeeze on some retired cops
Mired in decrepitude and money trouble, will St. Louis prove too tough for its next mayor?
When a nightclub switched to hip-hop, Laclede's Landing and the city clamped down. The fans don't fit in with the plans.
At 22, Jerome Maurice Ruffin had four children and no job, and the police were after him again. Then a cop shot and killed him in an alley. Witnesses, family and friends want to know why. The cops aren't talking.