LISTEN: Black clergy leader, white former STL police chief talk race, policing

Take a listen to the full conversation between St. Louis County Councilman and former County Police Chief Tim Fitch and Rev. Darryl Gray of the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition.

Megan Lynch
June 09, 2020 - 1:46 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis leaders started having the hard conversations about race and policing on KMOX this morning.

"People, not just black people, but people black and white and brown across this country are saying that we need to revisit how we police in this country," said the Reverend Darryl Gray of Expect US and the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition on the Charlie Brennan Show with Amy Marxkors.

Tim Fitch, St. Louis County Council member and former County Police Chief, joined him on air, "I think the police want nothing more than to not have this constantly hanging over their head, this constant second-guessing of everything they do."

A short time later Fitch mentioned lack of expenditures for mental health and substance abuse, also mentioning George Floyd. Gray cautioned the councilman that he might sound to some people as if he's blaming the victim, not the system. Fitch says it's lack of funding that's the issue, and mental health issues have been pushed onto police to deal with.

Both community leaders agreed there needs to be a national register of police officers who violate policing standards and laws.

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