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Civil rights commission talks with local police about use of force

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(KMOV.com) – The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is taking a closer look at policing in the country hoping to make recommendations to congress and President Obama. And to help, the Missouri Advisory Committee is working at the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus to gather information on police practices in the St. Louis.

The specific topic the committee is dealing with is the use of force and how that is impacted by race or color.

For part of the day, members heard from the Highway Patrol and both St. Louis and St. Louis County Police chiefs about minority recruitment, tracking use of force incidents and possible policy changes in the future.

“One of the things I’m looking to do is to figure out a way to release city bench warrants straight from a county police precinct and vice-versa,” said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. “When we do that, we make it a lot more efficient and better for that individual who forgot to go to court that day.”

Martin Castro, chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights,said that Monday’s hearing was helpful to help frame future discussion on a national level. The advisory committee then plans to take recommendations to the federal commission which is holding its own hearing in April. 

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