St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is doing something he's never done before. He's calling for an FBI investigation of an officer-involved shooting.
In April 2013, 25 year old Cary Ball was shot to death by police after he fled a traffic stop. The officers say Ball had pointed his gun at them. A police investigation concluded last month that the shooting was justified.
Ball's family told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they don't believe he would have aimed a gun at police. They've filed a wrongful-death suit.
Chief Dotson told the paper that he's asked for the FBI probe to make certain his department got it right, and not because of any allegations against the officers involved.
It's a time to get real....with the Chief.
The St. Louis Police Department is hosting a question and answer Twitter session with Chief Sam Dotson this Monday between noon and 1:30 pm.
Through "Real Talk with Chief Dotson" the department hopes to create a conversation with the citizens it serves and address questions regarding the department and its crime-fighting initiatives.
Citizens can tweet questions during the scheduled time to Chief Dotson’s Twitter handle, @ChiefSLMPD.
The World Series will put St. Louis on a world stage. That means major security measures will be in place around Busch Stadium.
St. Louis Police spent time Monday coordinating security plans with the FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, and the Missouri Highway Patrol. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson tells Fox 2 News they're trying to run through every possible security scenario in order to have a response plan in place. "We’re doing everything we can to make sure no stone is left unturned, and the resources are there when we need them," he said.
Dotson says securing a national event like the World Series is a complex process, no matter where it takes place. "Whether we’re in St. Louis, Chicago or Louisville it doesn't matter," he said. "We still have to go through the same planning process as if we’re Boston or New York or L.A."
Dotson says many of the safeguards that were in place in 2006, like mechanical and K-9 bomb sniffers and surveillance cameras, will be used again. There will also be extra police officers on the streets, both in uniform and plain clothes.
Fans are advised to get to the ballpark early and expect long lines because of added security measures.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says he is frustrated and disappointed after learning a black officer received a racist letter through interdepartmental mail. Dotson has ordered internal and criminal investigations after learning about the letter last week. The Chief believes the action could be considered a hate crime. The letter was sent to an officer in the department's south patrol division. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the typed letter arrived about a month ago and was addressed to the officer. It included several profanities and a racial epithet. The sender said the officer was not wanted in the station and threatened that police would not to respond if the officer called for help. It also included a death threat. Chief Dotson says he has taken steps to ensure the officer's safety, but did not elaborate on those steps.
A triple shooting just blocks away from a neighborhood crime summit Monday night is reinforcing the message that residents and police have to work together to combat violence in the City of St. Louis.
Police Chief Sam Dotson was on his way to the summit hosted by Better Family Life when he was called to the 4500 block of Evans where two men and a woman were shot.
Chief Dotson says there were several people outside in the area when a lone gunman approached the porch of a home and opened fire, but some of the witnesses aren't cooperating. "So it makes it very hard when we come to a scene, when we have information that we're looking for, and even family members aren't cooperating," Dotson said.
Cooperation was the message at the crime summit attended by the Chief, Mayor Francis Slay and about 200 residents. Better Family Life founder Malik Ahmed was cheered when he told the crowd that regular citizens need to get involved in order to bring peace to the streets. "Our community cannot afford to have a negative relationship with the police," Ahmed said.
Recent efforts to curb crime are working. That's according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson when he spoke with hundreds of people who gathered at the Demetrious Johnson Center for a town hall meeting Thursday night.
Mayor Francis Slay was also there along with several parents of murdered children. All seemed to agree that keeping the dialog going was critical to fighting violent crime in the city.
Chief Dotson says a total of 56 people have been murdered in St. Louis in 2013, 10 fewer than by this time last year. He credits a recent surge of ATF agents in the city with taking more than 200 criminals of the streets.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson wants to add drones to his crime-fighting arsenal.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Dotson wrote a letter this spring to the Federal Aviation Administration making the case for unmanned aerial vehicles. He says that it's crucial to look at new technologies to keep officers and the public safe and to apprehend criminals.
The letter was a preliminary step toward seeking approval for unmanned — and unarmed — flight.
The assent of Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce is required, and she also wrote to the FAA to offer "enthusiastic support."
Dotson says he would seek donations and grants to pay for the drones. They cost from $60,000 to $300,000 each. While pricey, they're still cheaper and safer than helicopters.
Privacy advocates have raised concerns.
Residents and business owners in the largest Bosnian community in America are frustrated by the crime in their Bevo Mill neighborhood.
Two convenience store murders in less than a month prompted residents to pack the Bosnian Chamber of Commerce office Wednesday night, looking for answers from City Police Chief Sam Dotson.
A nineteen year old clerk at the Quick Stop store on Chippewa was gunned down May 31st. His brother was also shot and wounded. Then last week a 30 year old father with a pregnant wife was shot to death while working at a 7-11 at Gravois and Bates.
Chief Dotson told the group that crime is actually down seven-percent in the area, but that he understands their concerns and urged them to put pressure on judges to sentence repeat offenders to prison instead of probation.
It's one of the biggest parades of the year in St. Louis. The 125th annual Annie Malone May Day Parade will march through downtown Sunday afternoon.
In light of recent violence at a New Orleans parade and the Boston Marathon bombing, St. Louis police are adjusting their security plan. Police Chief Sam Dotson says the plan includes both plain clothed and uniformed officers and communications with FBI and state law enforcement officers.
"It includes an intelligence component," Dotson said. "Are there any threats against the parade? And the first answer to that is no, there aren't."
Dotson says parade goers can play a role in keeping the event safe by leaving their guns at home, and paying attention to their surroundings. Dotson says police will be very visible along the parade route Sunday and if parade-goers see someone acting strangely, like wearing a long coat or a trench coat that's inappropriate for the weather, they should point that individual out to an officer.
Parade organizers say they've also contracted private security for the event.