St. Louis audit: No racial bias but policies inconsistent

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 | 1:41 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — An independent audit has found no racial bias in the discipline of St. Louis police recruits.

But it did say disciplinary policies and practices are inconsistent at the St. Louis Police Academy, leaving an impression of unfairness.

The Board of Police Commissioners last year hired a St. Louis law firm to investigate complaints that black recruits were dismissed from the academy in disproportionate numbers for minor infractions. The findings were released Wednesday.

Officer Eddie Simmons Jr., who raised the concerns, says he disagrees with the report's findings. He'd like to know how auditors define racism.

He says black recruits were held to a different standard and only they were discharged for minor things like not having a pencil on their desk at all times.


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