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Police Association calls for firing of Bi-State public safety director

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The St. Louis County Police Association is calling for the director of public safety for the Bi-State Development Agency to be fired.

The association claims Richard Zott colluded with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by providing “false, inflammatory, and misleading allegations against St. Louis County Police Officers,” read a press release made public Tuesday morning. The press release also states the surveillance photographs released were “cherry picked” and when the facts and context behind them are provided “the images lose their luster.”

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Gabe Crocker, the spokesperson for the police association, said Zott’s actions “we’re a desperately unethical attempt to push for the formation of Metrolink specific police agency to be headed by none other than Zott himself.”

Crocker said the association’s executive board is unanimously calling for Zott’s immediate firing.

In response Bi State issued a statement saying, "It is unfortunate that the focus has shifted away from the main topic, keeping the transit riding public safe."

According to Crocker, Zott may have also been trying to thwart a brewing lawsuit by St. Louis County officers who were possibly recorded by a security camera in their locker room in various states of undress.

“This is a sneaky, pathetic and cowardly attack on County Police Officers,” stated Crocker, “His actions are shameful.”

The call for Zott’s firing comes one day after Vince Schoemehl with the Bi-State Public Safety Committee called for St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar’s resignation following the release of photos that appeared to show officers trying to cover up a security camera and ignoring patrols on MetroLink trains.

Chief Belmar has said he will look into the allegations. He also said the room where the security is located functions as a break room at the North Hanley station and is an invasion of officers’ privacy.

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