St. Louis Police Pay $4.7 Million for 44 Settlements
The city of St. Louis has paid $4.7 million to settle 44 cases involving police filed since 2010 over injuries, wrongful imprisonment or death.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that number after reviewing settlements that were not previously publicized. The Missouri Attorney General's Office, which represented the police in civil cases until 2013, released the payout amounts after a public records request from the newspaper.
Two of the cases involving six-figure settlements were never reviewed by the city prosecutor's office and there are no plans to do so. Another case, the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith by a police officer in 2011, wasn't reviewed for more than four years. The former officer, Jason Stockley, was charged with murder in May.