St. Louis city panel OKs proposed police oversight board

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A St. Louis city committee has approved a proposed civilian board to review complaints against police officers.

After several hearings and a five-hour debate Monday, the Public Safety Committee greenlighted the bill. It now moves to the full Board of Aldermen. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a final vote isn't expected until April.

The measure passed without several suggested changes, including giving the board subpoena power or placing stronger qualifications on members.

Under the bill approved Monday, the board would investigate citizen complaints of police misconduct and review police policy and practices. It would report its findings to the city's public safety director and police chief.

Mayor Francis Slay says he supports it and looks forward to signing the bill.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch