St. Louis County passes new legislation uniforming standards for police

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CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis County passed new legislation uniforming standards for police in all municipalities. But opponents promise a court challenge claiming the bill is an overreach by the county.

The St. Louis County Council passed new legislation Tuesday night that sets uniformed policing standards for all county municipalities. The bill passed with a 4 to 2 vote by the City Council.

This ordinance comes in response to findings by the Department of Justice of racial profiling by police. The law's language itself addresses the "inherent inequality of service because of disparity in various standards between departments."

Some of the requirements include departments must be able to accept and bond out prisoners 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

They must provide 24-hour service with at least one officer and supervisor on duty and establish and make public their policies for use of force and vehicle pursuits among others.

According to County Executive Steve Stenger, the bill is designed to ensure that all county residents have equal access to consistent law enforcement no matter where they live or travel.

But opponents argue its an attempt to single out and remove African- American politicians. They claim the bill targets North County. They are promising to block the law because they feel the county should not dictate rules to sovereign municipalities.

The bill requires all municipal police departments to comply within six months.

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