Restraining order prevents release of Gardner’s ‘exclusion list’

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A judge has granted a temporary restraining order preventing St. Louis’ top prosecutor and police from releasing names of the 28 officers placed on an “exclusion list” over credibility concerns.

A city police union requested the restraining order that was granted Thursday by Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer.

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said last week that her office drew up a list of officers who won’t be permitted as primary witnesses in criminal cases. She hasn’t said specifically what prompted the list.

Gardner is a Democrat. Her action drew concern from two top Missouri Republicans: Gov. Mike Parson and Attorney General Josh Hawley.

A statement Thursday from Gardner’s office says the names were never intended for public distribution. The statement says prosecutors will work “collaboratively” with police to investigate criminal cases.