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News 4 Investigations lead to change for Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department

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BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS (KMOV.com) - A News 4 Investigates series of stories prompted major changes in the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department.

News 4's investigation began four months ago, when retired Cpl. Joe St. Clair blew the whistle on the police department's quota system.

St. Clair provided News 4 with spreadsheets that were used to document the number of times officers performed seven different activities that included traffic tickets and arrests. St. Clair said he thought it was “unfair to the community.”

“I believe the Chief put an illegal mandate on his officers,” St. Clair said.

Then-Police Chief Robert Pruett defended the practice. Pruett recently retired.

On Tuesday night, Interim Police Chief Jeremy Ihler told News 4 that he had ended the policy.

In addition, Ihler said a longtime Bellefontaine Neighbors police officer is no longer employed there after News 4 Investigates revealed the employee was caught on police dash cam video referring to a black woman as the n-word.
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