Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Police Chief Calls Release of Policies, Tactics 'Grave Matter'; Says Officer Safety at Risk

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Police Chief Calls Release of Policies, Tactics 'Grave Matter'; Says Officer Safety at Risk

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ST. LOUIS - Police Chief John Hayden issued a departmentwide email Monday afternoon calling the "improper release" of police tactics and policies by city attorneys to a local activist a "grave matter" that could jeopardize officer safety.

The Riverfront Times reported Monday that Philip Weeks filed a Sunshine request for the department's policies, manuals and special orders on Dec. 1, 2017, and has published online the records he has received so far. Weeks says there is little evidence in the documents that the department practices de-escalation.

In his email, obtained by the Post-Dispatch, Hayden said the police section of the city counselor's office "improperly released unredacted policies and procedures," to Weeks.

Department spokeswoman Schron Jackson said the documents Weeks published includes information about equipment and tactics used by specialized units, including the SWAT team.

"Some of this procedural information would include tactical responses to certain types of incidents; thus making this release of information an officer safety concern," Hayden wrote. …

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