Now both of the state senators from St. Louis are demanding accountability from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for a series of racist and bigoted messages and memes some of its current and former officers posted on social media, as the Plain View Project reported in Buzzfeed.
State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) is calling for the city’s Civilian Oversight Board to investigate the matter. Mayor Lyda Krewson, whose office is responsible for the Public Safety Department and police department, said the police department’s Internal Affairs Division was investigating.
“I am shocked and disturbed by these vile posts,” Nasheed said in a statement, stating that the post were “racist, violent, homophobic and anti-Muslim.” Nasheed herself is Muslim.
“While I am glad these posts are being investigated, I firmly believe that the Civilian Oversight Board should be leading the charge, not the police department’s Internal Affairs Division,” Nasheed stated.
“This matter is affecting public confidence in the department’s ability to serve and protect all residents of the City of St. Louis. I believe a review by the COB is the best way to ensure the necessary transparency and oversight on this matter.”
A message with the COB and emails to two of its members were not immediately returned. Their response will be reported when and if received.
State Sen. Karla May (D-St. Louis) previously threatened legislative action if the police department does not police itself on this issue
“Police officers that are making racially discriminatory remarks on Facebook and social media, I’m asking you, police officers, all over the state, are you willing to clean your ranks and balance the scale of justice for those who trusted you to protect and serve?” May said at a June 3 press conference dedicated to the Missouri attorney general’s new report on vehicle stop disparities.
“That’s my ask as a senator. Because if you’re not willing to do something about it, I am.”