St. Louis board votes to create police oversight panel -

St. Louis board votes to create police oversight panel

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis' governing board has approved a measure that will create a civilian oversight panel involving police.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen's vote Monday was 17-8. Some members of the board said they oppose the measure because it did not go far enough, including the fact it will lack subpoena power.

Members of the St. Louis Police Officers Association were critical of move. President Joe Steiger says the association does not oppose civilian oversight, but that the measure is flawed and ultimately will lead to a court review.

John Chasnoff of the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression calls the bill "a major step forward."

The new board will have oversight in St. Louis city only and will have no say in nearby Ferguson.

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