St. Louis board of alderman advances bid for police oversight

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A St. Louis measure that would establish a civilian panel that would review complaints against police officers is closer to being finalized.

The city's board of alderman agreed by a voice vote Tuesday to send the bill to an expected final vote Monday. Alderman Antonio French says he's one of 16 sponsors of the measure, and 15 are needed for it to pass.

The seven-person St. Louis Civilian Oversight Board would have the authority to investigate police misconduct allegations. It also would research and assess police policies, and operations and procedures, as well as make findings and recommendations.

The board also could review evidence and witness statements from investigations by police internal affairs, then report its findings to the public safety director and police chief.

The board wouldn't have subpoena power.

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