City police Facebook posts under review

Some officers may be protected for posts prior to 2018.

Kevin Killeen
June 10, 2019 - 4:29 pm
St. Louis police investigation

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Twenty-three city police officers accused of making racist or homophobic posts on Facebook remain under investigation.

Public Safety Director Jimmy Edwards says three of the worst offenders have been placed on desk duty.

But whether those three — or the others — will face further consequences remains unclear. 

Edwards told the aldermanic public safety committee that the alleged offenses took place from 2015 through 2017, before the city enacted its social media policy in 2018.

Since the policy took effect, Edwards says two officers have been fired and others suspended for more recent social media offenses.

"If you work for the City of St. Louis, then your First Amendment rights will and shall have limitations," Edwards said.

Edwards told the committee that the department is undergoing sensitivity training to help officers identify their biases and deal with them.

"I can't change attitudes," he said, "but I can change your behavior."

The internal investigation of the officers continues. 

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