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St. Louis NAACP Presents Plan on Criminal Justice Reform

June 14, 2018 - 10:27 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis board of alderman Ways and Means committee will hear from the St. Louis city NAACP today on a criminal justice reform plan designed to build trust between the police and the community.

NAACP president Adolphus Pruitt, the president of the Missouri Missionary Baptist Church convention and the pastor of the new Northside Missionary Baptist Church plan to testify about Justice 2020 St. Louis initiative and about the funding needed for independent investigations of police involved shootings.

The group said in an earlier letter to the committee chair that officer involved shootings are not just another incident, writing they fundamentally challenge the very trust needed for law enforcement to engage our communities and effectively protect and serve. The groups are also working with the New York based Vera Institute of Justice and the St. Louis circuit attorney's office to host a conference next month to create a blueprint for criminal justice reform in the city.