Say No To Police Chief O’Toole: Call Mayor, Public Safety Director

The selection process for selecting a new police chief has already failed us.

“If Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole is offered as one of the final six candidates, then the committee and the entire process has already failed the public. In his short time as interim chief, he has managed to have a handful of lawsuits filed against the city, stemming from incidents when officers ultimately under his command brutally handled nonviolent protesters, members of the media, and even neighbors (one of them a U.S. Air Force officer) out for a walk – then boasted that police “owned the night.” Under his leadership, the department was issued an injunction from a federal judge that basically orders that O’Toole and his officers obey the Constitution, and subsequently the Department of Justice opened a civil rights investigation.” – Editorial, St. Louis American 12/14/2017

Policing under Interim Chief O’Toole

7/21/2017 St. Louis American: Did the police chief lie about the friendly fire shooting of a black cop? Mayor said she would fire police chief if he lied to her and citizens

9/21/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Post-Dispatch demands charges be dropped against reporter covering protest

9/25/2017 St. Louis Post-DispatchUndercover cop, Air Force officer, med student among those police swept up during downtown protest

11/16/2017 St. Louis Post-DispatchJudge limits St. Louis police tactics like chemical agents used in protests

11/15/2017 Riverfront Times: St. Louis Police Used Mace to ‘Punish Protesters,’ Judge Says, Ruling for ACLU

12/01/2017 Riverfront Times: ‘Riot King’ Brian Rossomanno’s Business Had No License in St. Louis, City Says

12/10/2017 Riverfront Times: Police Captain Pokes at Judges Through Official City Account on NextDoor

12/20/2017 Riverfront TimesSt. Louis Police Continue to Cite Blacks for Marijuana Possession at a High Rate

12/22/2017 St. Louis American: Chief O’Toole promotes white St. Louis officer who allegedly beat black undercover cop during Stockley verdict protest mass arrest

12/24/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: IDs released for 3 women slain in St. Louis, pushing city’s annual homicide tally to 21-year high

Watch this video from State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr

Call Mayor Lyda Krewson at 622-3201 and tell her that Interim Police Chief O’Toole must not be made Police Chief

Call Public Safety Director Judge Jimmie Edwards at 622-3391 and tell him that Interim Police Chief O’Toole must not be made Police Chief

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Many thanks to Sarah Felts for getting this going on Twitter

Sarah

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