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Cities sue to stop new St. Louis County-wide police standards

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Rock Hill, Olivette and Breckenridge Hills police departments file a lawsuit against St. Louis County Executive, Steve Stenger. Rock Hill, Olivette and Breckenridge Hills police departments file a lawsuit against St. Louis County Executive, Steve Stenger.

CLAYTON (KMOV.com) - Two days after the St. Louis County Council voted to adopt uniform standards for every police department across the county, mayors of several cities filed a lawsuit to block the law.

A lawyer representing three cities Rock Hill, Olivette, and Breckenridge Hills, has accused St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger of not having the right to impose new police standards on every department in the county. 

"The charter is clear and I believe state law is clear. We do have the jurisdiction and we certainly have it through our health jurisdiction in both incorporated and unincorporated St. Louis County," said Stenger. 

The bill won approval Tuesday night, Dec. 2 in a 4-2 vote.

"The idea of standards is fine. This is the proverbial camel's nose under the tent and these cities are concerned if the county is allowed to do this under the public health and safety. There isn't any limit to what the county can do," Paul Martin, attorney for the three cities, says.

Along with Rock Hill, Olivette, and Breckenridge Hills, there may be more cities that will to take the county to court. 

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