Criminal Justice

Grieving St. Louis families respond to police-involved shooting scenes, push for change

BY: - August 8, 2022

On the night of April 24, 2013, six residents living in a neighborhood just north of downtown St. Louis say they saw the same thing.  A young Black man – 25-year-old Cary Ball Jr. — crashed his car, got out, stumbled onto another car and limped away. And then each said they saw Ball drop […]

Gun company CEOs tell Congress they’re not to blame for mass shootings

BY: - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The CEOs of major gun manufacturing companies told a U.S. House panel on Wednesday that their production of AR-15-style guns did not contribute to recent mass shootings that left 29 people dead, and that the killings were due to the actions of individual shooters. Ahead of the hearing, the House Oversight & Reform […]

‘Defund the police’ slogan and anti-cop violence debated at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - July 27, 2022

Republicans on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and law enforcement witnesses at a Tuesday hearing blamed recent violence against officers on anti-police rhetoric, while Democrats distanced themselves from the “defund the police” slogan and said an oversupply of guns made law enforcement jobs more dangerous. Republicans on the panel raised complaints about general attitudes toward […]

A Missouri council is looking to combat school-to-prison pipeline for students with disabilities

BY: - July 25, 2022

This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon. Studies show that students of color  and students with disabilities are suspended and referred to police more often than their peers in schools across Missouri. This disproportionate rate of discipline can disrupt their education and push these students into the criminal justice system. A new Missouri grant […]

Cori Bush, Steve Roberts primary in 1st District more than simply moderate vs. liberal

BY: - July 22, 2022

Sheets of rain wrapped around the playground shelter in North St. Louis’ Fairground Park on July 9, where canvassers for Congresswoman Cori Bush’s re-election campaign huddled together.  The event’s organizer, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, took advantage of the captive audience. “Even in the rain, we have the faithful few who are out here because […]

U.S. House panel advances assault weapons ban on party-line vote

BY: - July 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee late Wednesday passed  legislation that would ban certain semi-automatic weapons, in a renewed push to ban the guns most commonly used in recent mass shootings. The party-line 25-18 vote followed recent mass shootings in which AR-15 style rifles were used — in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and […]

Candidates’ ties to Missouri reform schools facing abuse allegations draw fresh scrutiny

BY: and - July 21, 2022

At first, Robert Bucklin was optimistic. A former student of Agape Boarding School in Stockton, Bucklin is among numerous students who have accused the Christian boarding school and its staff of physical and sexual abuse. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt launched an investigation into the school and ultimately recommended 65 criminal counts against 22 staff. […]

Judge orders Eric Greitens to give testimony in child custody case over lawyer’s objections

BY: - July 15, 2022

Former Gov. Eric Greitens will give testimony next week for the first time about allegations of spousal and child abuse made by his ex-wife in a child custody case. During a brief hearing Friday morning, Associate Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider ordered both Eric Greitens and his ex-wife, Sheena Greitens, to appear for depositions in a […]

U.S. House panel presses gun makers to testify before Congress

BY: - July 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The chair of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Thursday said she has requested that CEOs of three gun manufacturing companies appear before Congress to testify at a hearing later this month on gun violence. U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York said she has asked for appearances by Marty […]

Eric Greitens’ attorney objects to deposition ahead of hearing over abuse allegations

BY: - July 6, 2022

An effort to get former Gov. Eric Greitens on the record about allegations of child and spousal abuse before a public trial next week may not succeed. Greitens is in a dispute with his former wife, Sheena Greitens, over jurisdiction of their child custody arrangement. She wants it moved to Texas, where she lives now, […]

Uvalde officer asked permission to shoot gunman outside school but got no answer, report finds

BY: - July 6, 2022

This story was originally published by the Texas Tribune. An Uvalde police officer asked for a supervisor’s permission to shoot the gunman who would soon kill 21 people at Robb Elementary School in May before he entered the building, but the supervisor did not hear the request or responded too late, according to a report […]

How will the new federal gun law affect Missouri? It’s complicated

BY: - July 5, 2022

This story was originally published by The Kansas City Beacon.  The federal gun safety bill passed with bipartisan congressional support in June was heralded as the first notable piece of federal gun legislation in nearly 30 years. Yet Missouri won’t feel its full impact — yet. Missouri will benefit from the millions of dollars in the Bipartisan […]