Both officers involved in the Feb. 20 incident, one of whom discharged a weapon, have been placed on paid leave.
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Jill Schlude and Police Chief Geoff Jones listen to questions during the press conference regarding a police shooting Friday at City Hall. It …
From left, Jill Schlude, Geoff Jones and Scott Alpers stand in front of the picture of Keith Brodie during a press conference Friday at the Da…
Most important is that whoever fills this important position needs to understand the growing levels of gun violence Columbia seems to be experiencing.
After the resignation of City Manager Mike Matthes, the acting city manager asked Burton to show up more consistently at the office and public events. The Missourian tracked the police chief's comings and goings.
At what City Manager Mike Matthes called an "informal discussion" with the news media Thursday, he insisted the city is not abandoning community policing but changing its model to deal with staffing issues. The new unit will have eight officers serving eight beats across the city.
Columbia's community policing will undergo changes at the end of the year when it halts its community outreach unit and starts a Community Response Unit. Some residents are upset with the proposed changes.
The department is planning to end both its Community Outreach and Downtown units. From 14 officers to what is now planned to be eight, the future for the community policing approach is in question.
Police have investigated five cases of shots fired downtown since July 1. In the previous 6½ years, the total was 18.
The city of Columbia was found Thursday afternoon to have not violated Missouri's Sunshine Law.