St. Louis

Attorney General Sessions Speaks to Police Leaders in St. Louis

Attorney General Jeff Sessions;  Photo: Jeff Roberson

Attorney General Jeff Sessions; Photo: Jeff Roberson

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to law enforcement leaders in St. Louis on Friday, urging a return to proactive and community-based policing. 

"Proactive, up-close policing - when officers get out of their squad cars and interact with everyone on their beat - that builds trust, prevents violent crime, saves lives and creates a good atmosphere," Sessions said.

He also touched on the unrest in nearby Ferguson, where a controversial shooting in 2014 led to protests and riots. 

Sessions said that Ferguson had become, "an emblem of the tense relationship between law enforcement and the communities we serve, especially our minority communities."

Read more about the Attorney General's remarks HERE.

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Entrepreneurial Cops Create Facial Recognition Software

Some entrepreneurial retired and current police officers have devised a facial recognition system that they hope will prevent a number of robberies and other crimes.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Blue Line Technology has installed their system in a pilot program at multiple locations in the St. Louis area.

At one spot, a local MotoMart, the system will not allow the doors to the store to open unless patrons look directly into the camera, allowing the system to get a view of the person's face.

This could inhibit people from entering the store wearing masks or other such material concealing the face.

Read more about the fascinating technology HERE.

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Cops Nab 1 of 2 Robbery Suspects Who Pointed Gun at Officers

Police in St. Louis had a gun pointed at them while attempting to apprehend a duo that had just robbed a local Taco Bell on Wednesday evening.  

The officers intercepted the two suspects as they fled the restaurant with a cash register in hand. As one of the suspects raised a gun toward the officers the police fired their weapons; however, it was unclear if any suspects were struck.

One of the suspects was ultimately apprehended after a foot pursuit. The other suspect remains outstanding at this time.

No officers were injured in the incident and authorities are investigating to determine whether or not the suspects fired at the officers. 

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Rookie St. Louis Officer Shot, Wounded, in Confrontation With Armed Suspect

A rookie St. Louis Metropolitan police officer was shot and wounded in an armed confrontation with a suspect on Sunday evening. 

The officer, who graduated from the police academy in October, witnessed the suspect take off running upon seeing his patrol vehicle.

As the officer began to pursue the suspect, he noticed that the man was armed. 

When he caught up with the man a struggle ensued over the suspect's gun. The suspect fired his weapon at the officer, striking him in the shoulder. 

The suspect continued to flee on foot but was eventually taken into custody by the injured officer and a district sergeant. 

St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson said, "Whether you’re a 30-year officer or an officer who graduated from our academy last month, when you go out on the street, you could encounter an armed individual who is willing to use a gun against police officers and that’s what we saw tonight."

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Homicide Rates Spike in Baltimore, DC, St. Louis, and Chicago

A review of several major city homicide rates through late-2015 show that many are likely to see their highest murder totals in recent memory. 

The uptick in violent crime comes amid a national debate on whether an increasingly hostile, anti-police movement across the nation is affecting law enforcement practices and public safety. 

Although these numbers comprise but one metric in a broader analysis of crime in society, the dramatic rise in violence is striking.

Baltimore, arguably the epicenter of hostility toward law enforcement, has seen a particularly steep rise in it's homicide rate.

Homicides - Baltimore

2015 - 305 (through Nov 17)
2014 - 211

Homicides - Washington, D.C. 

2015 - 145 (through Nov 17)
2014 - 105

Homicides - St. Louis

2015 - 173 (through Nov 10)
2014 - 159

Homicides - Chicago

2015 - 418 (through Nov 15)
2014 - 425

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