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County council votes for independent inquiry into actions of officers at MetroLink stop

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The St. Louis County Council approved a resolution on Tuesday to for an independent investigation after photos allegedly showed officers trying to cover up a security camera at a MetroLink stop. Credit: Metro The St. Louis County Council approved a resolution on Tuesday to for an independent investigation after photos allegedly showed officers trying to cover up a security camera at a MetroLink stop. Credit: Metro
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The St. Louis County Council approved a resolution on Tuesday to for an independent investigation after photos allegedly showed officers trying to cover up a security camera at a MetroLink stop.

By a vote of 5-1, the council approved a resolution for an external, independent investigation into the allegations, which allege not only did officers cover up security cameras but also ignored patrols on MetroLink trains.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said he will look into the accusations. He also said the security camera is located functions as a break room at the North Hanley MetroLink station and is an invasion of the officers’ privacy.

Following the photos’ release, Vince Schoemehl with the Bi-State Public Safety Committee called for Belmar to resign.

The St. Louis County Police Officer’s Association later called for Richard Zott, the head of Public Safety for Bi-State, to be fired.

Exactly who would lead the investigation and how much it would cost is currently unknown.

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