Ellis Brown, one of the St. Louis city police officers involved in shooting and killing Kajieme Powell in 2014, resigned from the police department this week, according to police sources.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson said they could not confirm Brown’s resignation or details around his leaving because their office was closing due to the ice storm.
This fall, Brown’s search-warrant practices had come under fire. In September, St. Louis prosecutors dismissed a gun and marijuana possession case after Circuit Judge Beth Hogan questioned the validity of a search warrant that Brown had written. Hogan refused to hear Brown’s testimony because he had given convicting statements, and Hogan believed Brown shouldn’t continue without the presence of his own lawyer, according to the Post-Dispatch.
The judge said Brown’s testimony “implicates practices and procedures in the entire St. Louis Police Department,” and that the agency has an interest in Brown being represented, the Post-Dispatch reported.
Also in September, federal prosecutors dismissed charges in another case where the defense lawyers challenged search warrants written by Brown. The defense argued that Brown was using almost identical wording on all his search warrant applications and not establishing a just probable cause. When asked about the case’s dismissal, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan told the Post-Dispatch, “There were some search and seizure issues we didn’t want to litigate.”
On November 3, 2015, former St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer M. Joyce announced that no criminal charges would be filed against Brown and his partner who shot and killed Kajieme Powell.
Joyce concluded that Powell was wielding a knife as he walked towards the two police officers outside Six Star Market on the 8700 block of Riverview Boulevard in the early afternoon of August 19, 2014.
Jermaine Wooten, attorney for Powell’s family, told the St. Louis American that he disagreed with several aspects of Joyce’s investigation and that, “The police had many options. They could have stayed at a distance.”