In August, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner delivered an “exclusion list” to the city police department, indicating that her office would no longer accept cases brought by 28 officers.“Statement from Kimberly M. Gardner, Circuit Attorney, City of St. Louis,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 30, 2018.
Gardner declined to identify why individual officers were on the list, but said in a written statement that “[a] police officer’s word, and the complete veracity of that word, is fundamentally necessary to doing the job. Therefore, any break in trust must be approached with deep concern.”Christine Byers and Joel Currier, “St. Louis Prosecutor Says She Will No Longer Accept Cases from 28 City Police Officers,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 31, 2018. Local media speculate that at least some of the officers are on the list for invoking their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in cases involving officer conduct in police shootings.Byers and Currier, “Cases from 28 City Police Officers,” 2018. In November, prosecutors in Gardner’s office dismissed 91 cases that were associated with four St. Louis police officers who have been indicted on federal charges related to the assault of an undercover colleague—and its subsequent cover-up.Robert Patrick, “St. Louis Prosecutors Dismissed 91 Cases Associated with 4 Indicted Cops,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 29, 2018.