Police oversight proposal submitted in St. Louis

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Mayor Francis Slay

ST. LOUIS (AP)  – Elected officials in St. Louis will soon consider a proposal to create a civilian police oversight board.

Mayor Francis Slay and the city’s police unions opposed the most recent attempt at civilian oversight in 2006.

But with the renewed focus on law enforcement use of force after the Michael Brown shooting and two other police killings in St. Louis, Slay on Thursday announced a compromise with Alderman Terry Kennedy, the bill’s sponsor.

The proposal calls for seven city residents appointed by the mayor and approved by the Board of Aldermen to serve on a new Civilian Oversight Board. The panel would review misconduct complaints against St. Louis police officers.

Ferguson is also considering civilian police oversight after the shooting death of Brown by officer Darren Wilson.