In an effort to voice their anger and concern, minority officers in the St. Louis city police department met with the department's highest-ranking black commanders about issues they believe illustrate racism within the ranks and the need for reform.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports about 30 members of the Ethical Society of Police packed the special meeting convened to call black commanders to action in the wake of a racist letter sent to a black police officer allegedly by another officer in South Patrol.
The group’s president, Sgt. Darren Wilson, said last week that the racist note was symptomatic of a larger, citywide problem. Wilson asked “If you’re treating a police department employee like this, how are we treating our citizens?” Wilson opened Wednesday’s meeting by saying black leaders must do more to increase the number of black commanders on the force by reforming the promotion process.
Meanwhile, Deputy Police chief, Lt. Col. Alfred Adkins, believes black officers share responsibility in striving for equality saying, "You cannot just sit on the sidelines and complain. You can’t say the process is unfair if you’re not involved in it.”
Highway 94 was closed in both directions between H and Church Rd. for several hours while the Missouri Highway Patrol investigated a fatal accident.
A man attending to some yard work in St. Charles County was killed this morning after being hit by a car that spun off the roadway. The accident happened shortly after 7:30 on Highway 94 at Church Road. The Highway Patrol says the car spun off the roadway, hit an embankment and flipped over several times, striking the victim. He died at the scene. The driver was injured and transported to the hospital. Authorities did not say what caused the driver to lose control.
No charges have been filed and the names of the victim and driver have not been released.
Governor Jay Nixon's veto of a controversial gun rights measure will stand.
The override of HB-436 had passed the Missouri House 109-49 Wednesday afternoon, but the override attempt fell a single vote short in the Senate Wednesday night (22-12).
The legislation declared that any federal policies that "infringe on the people's right to keep and bear arms" shall be invalid in Missouri. It would have allow state charges to be brought against federal authorities who attempted to enforce federal gun laws.
After the Senate vote Wednesday night, Nixon issues a statement applauding the Senate's action to sustain his veto of a bill he called "unnecessary, unconstitutional and unsafe."