St. Louis Aldermen Approve New Civilian Oversight Of Police And Jails

Changes to oversight of St. Louis police and jails are now heading to Mayor Tishaura Jones’ desk.

A bill, approved by St. Louis aldermen 17-3 Friday, puts the Detention Facilities Oversight Board and the Civilian Police Oversight Board under a civilian commissioner. The bill keeps the boards under the city’s Department of Public Safety and gives the commissioner more power.

The bill is a necessary step in ensuring more accountability for officers, said 26th Ward Alderwoman Shameem Clark Hubbard, who sponsored the legislation.

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