ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – The St. Louis public safety director is on the hot seat as aldermen investigate a string of jail breaks.
On Monday, Charles Bryson testified in front of the public safety committee for three hours, answering questions on staffing and department policy after four escapes in 18 months.
At one point, the committee chair questioned why a corrections captain and other officers were at the hearing, when they should be working to prevent more escapes.
The officers were then dismissed from the meeting. The mayor’s director of operations immediately criticized that decision.
The committee hopes to call corrections director Eugene Stubblefield. He’s currently suspended pending an investigation of the department.