St. Louis considers increased powers for police review board

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Elected leaders in St. Louis are considering whether to give additional investigative authority to a planned police oversight board _ a change that a mayoral aide says could scuttle the proposal entirely.

A committee of the city’s Board of Aldermen met Thursday to discuss an amendment granting subpoena powers to the proposed civilian review panel. The amendment was offered by Alderman Antonio French, a prominent protester after the fatal Ferguson police shooting.

The committee did not vote on the change or take public testimony from a small group of observers. The hearing followed a public meeting on civilian oversight last week that had to be cut short after audience outbursts led to pushing and shoving among some participants.