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Statement from Kimberly M. Gardner, Circuit Attorney, City of St. Louis

Statement from Kimberly M. Gardner, Circuit Attorney, City of St. Louis

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This statement was released from the St Louis Circuit Attorney's office Thursday afternoon regarding the "exclusion list" of police officers from whom her office will no longer accept criminal cases and whose open cases are being reviewed for "viability."

At the Circuit Attorney's Office, we have the responsibility to defend the integrity of the criminal justice system. Police officers play an important role in the criminal justice system, and the credibility of officers is one of the most important attributes of the job. Police integrity is at the core of the community's confidence in the criminal justice system.

To do our jobs properly and legally, we must have confidence in the accuracy and honesty of the oral and written reports of police officers. 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.

When we prosecute a case, we have the potential to take someone's liberty from them. I'm confident that the SLMPD leadership share our commitment to ensure the integrity of every single case police bring to our office for charges.

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