St. Louis police pay $4.7 million for 44 settlements

The city of St. Louis has paid $4.7 million to settle 44 cases filed since 2010 involving injuries, wrongful imprisonment or death.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/1XwDxdY ) that number after reviewing settlements that were not previously publicized. The Missouri Attorney General's Office, which represented the police in civil cases until 2013, released the payout amounts after a public records request from the newspaper.

Two of the cases involving six-figure settlements were never reviewed by the city prosecutor's office and there are no plans to do so. Another case, the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith by a police officer in 2012, wasn't reviewed for more than four years. The former officer, Jason Stockley, was charged with murder in May.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com