Police records show mishandled evidence
ST. LOUIS, MO (AP) – Internal St. Louis police records released as part of a lawsuit over seized 2006 World Series tickets show broader mishandling of other evidence by vice and drug officers.
A judge last week ordered the city police department to release some internal affairs reports as part of a public records lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. Fifteen police officers were either suspended and demoted or otherwise disciplined for giving St. Louis Cardinals’ championship tickets seized from scalpers to friends and family.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a police sergeant kept more than $11,000 in a locked safe in his office for months rather than promptly place the cash in secure evidence lockers as required. A police spokeswoman says the department is reviewing its chain-of-custody procedures.