Webster Groves joins lawsuit to block police standards lawsuit

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KTVI) - Another city is challenging St. Louis County's authority to impose standards on all police in the county. Webster Groves is joining the pending lawsuit.

The Webster Groves City Council voted unanimously Tuesday. The lawsuit, filed two weeks ago, includes Rock Hill, Breckenridge Hills and Olivette. Challenging this new law that sets uniform police standards for any department in the county.

This bill sets uniform standards on everything from use of force to police pursuits. It's the result of findings by the Department of Justice of racial profiling by police and attempts to address disparities between departments.

It requires each of them to have an officer on duty 24/7and to able to bond-out prisoners any time of day as well.

Webster Groves' Mayor stressed this an important lawsuit saying the county's new rule is "unlawful interference."

While St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger says this isn't about taking over police departments but about ensuring the health and safety of residents through equally consistent law enforcement cross-county.