The Columbia (Mo.) Police Department will soon begin taking more than half of suspects under arrest to the Boone County Jail instead of the police department.
The shift in procedure, set to start sometime next month, will affect most people arrested on suspicion of violating state law, patrol Capt. Brad Nelson said. Those arrested on suspicion of violating municipal law will continue to be booked and processed at police headquarters.
The move is in response to an August incident when former Officer Rob Sanders shoved an inmate in a holding cell. The incident resulted in a civil lawsuit that awarded the inmate, Kenneth Baker, with $250,000 to cover medical expenses. The lawsuit alleged that Baker suffered a compression fracture.
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