FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Autonomous Robots Prevent Crime

Ask The Expert

Stacy Dean Stephens

VP Marketing & Sales

The Law Officer's Pocket Manual - Bloomberg BNA
This handy 4" x 6" spiral-bound manual offers examples showing how rules are...

Top News

St. Louis Police Blame Judges, Prosecutors for Soaring Homicide Rate

July 09, 2015  | 

The city’s soaring homicide numbers and climbing rate of other crimes have left police commanders scrambling for solutions — and pointing fingers.

Chief Sam Dotson posted a blog entry Wednesday complaining that a St. Louis judge’s leniency several years ago had set the stage for a recent murder. And Capt. Michael Sack, who heads the police crimes against persons division, says he is “frustrated” that prosecutors are issuing homicide charges in fewer than half of the cases his detectives present.

Dotson is expected to face potentially tough questions Thursday by the aldermanic Public Safety Committee, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The chief’s comments were a renewal of his call for the St. Louis Circuit Court to establish an “armed offender docket,” using specified judges to focus on gun possession cases that can be a precursor to more violence.


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Amazon Employees Join ACLU, Investors in Protest of Amazon’s Sale of Tech to Police
A group of Amazon employees have asked company executives to discontinue its sale of the...
FBI, DEA, Local California Agencies, Take Down Major Meth Ring
An eight-month operation by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement...
German Police Set Up Fake Traffic Collision to Test Citizen Response
Police in Germany wanted to discover how many people would stop to help victims of a...
Texas City Settles “Pool Party Incident” Lawsuit
The City of McKinney (TX) announced that it has settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of...

Police Magazine