St. Louis police must identify informers -

St. Louis police must identify informers

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A ruling from a St. Louis judge will force officers to identify confidential informers to their bosses.

The St. Louis Police Officers Association had won a temporary restraining order last month stopping supervisors from disciplining officers who refused to reveal the identity of their confidential sources.

But on Friday, St. Louis Circuit Judge David Dowd denied a preliminary injunction. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the order has the effect of dissolving the restraining order.

The department is investigating misconduct. Some officers are suspected of lying in court about their informers to obtain search warrants. And two cops have admitted to using tips from informers who were in jail or dead at the time.

Police officers are appealing.

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