Kim Gardner sues St. Louis, police union, others for alleged violation of 'Ku Klux Klan Act'

“This lawsuit is a signal that the voice and will of the people of St. Louis, who have fought tirelessly to change a broken criminal justice system, will not be stifled."

Kevin Killeen
January 13, 2020 - 5:02 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, alleging the city, the police union and other "politically connected individuals" are trying to get her removed from office. 

In a statement about the suit, just released by Gardner, it says those against her have violated the "Ku Klux Klan Act" and other laws designed to promote racial justice.

The suit claims there is a racist conspiracy designed to chase her from office. Garder says the police union, the special prosecutor and others have invented a legal drama designed to force her from office.

The suit comes as Gardner is scheduled to give a deposition Wednesday in the case of William Tisaby, her investigator who is charged with lying under oath in the Eric Greitens case. 

What's not clear is whether the federal suit would excuse Gardner from giving a deposition.

The City Counselor's office declined to comment until it sees a copy of the suit. 

Part of a statement released by Gardner's officer states, "As a reformer and black woman, I represent a clear threat to the police union and political establishment that are determined to preserve the status quo in St. Louis—a status quo that benefits the few in power at the expense of the many. Their vitriolic attempts to protect their own interests and thwart critical reforms have exposed their true colors.

"This lawsuit is a signal that the voice and will of the people of St. Louis, who have fought tirelessly to change a broken criminal justice system, will not be stifled. We will not be intimidated as we continue to bring long-overdue reform and accountability to our city."

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