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Eight St. Louis Police Officers suspended in World Series ticket case

Old 04-05-07, 10:30 AM
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Eight St. Louis Police Officers suspended in World Series ticket case

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8 police officers suspended in ticket case
By Bill Bryan
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
04/04/2007


Eight city police officers who used World Series tickets seized from scalpers were suspended without pay for 14 days and may lose up to $20,000 each in wages from reduced rank, Chief Joe Mokwa announced this afternoon.

He said what they did was "intolerable" but added that they are "not thieves" and "can be redeemed." AdvertisementMokwa also said the circumstances would be reviewed by Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, and he did not rule out the possibility she would file criminal charges.

The eight were not publicly named. All have admitted providing tickets from evidence for use by friends or relatives, officials said. Mokwa said he will ask the police board to reduce them a grade in rank for at least a year. That would demote some or all to probationary officer, with a pay loss of perhaps $20,000, the chief explained.

In addition, seven supervisors, including a lieutenant and three sergeants, will receive unspecified lesser discipline for lax oversight, he said.

There was no evidence to support rumors that high-ranking officers may have used some of the 30 rickets at issue from last October's world championship at Busch Stadium, Mokwa said earlier.

A scalper who overheard police talking about using his ticket blew the whistle, officials said. Scalping means selling a ticket at over face value, which is illegal under St. Louis ordinance.

The Police Officers Association publicly expressed fears Tuesday that the officers would be fired, and vowed to fight to save their jobs. Sgt. Kevin Ahlbrand, president of the POA, issued a statement this afternoon saying Mokwa's "discipline in this situation was fair and just."

Suspension and loss of some pay? That's it? I'm sure the union's idea of what is 'fair and just' for police officer wrongdoing is different than the wrongdoing committed by non-police officers.

World Series tickets are very expensive. How does this not make them thieves? Sounds like grand larceny to me.
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Dirty cops? That must be a first.
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"Not thieves?!" Is he kidding? They took something worth quite a bit of money that did not belong to them. That's theft.

I would also want to know why the names haven't been publically released. What kind of oversight is that?
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If I had known free World Series tickets were part of the Cop Benefit Package I would have gone into law enforcement instead of accounting.
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Not only thieves but they tampered with evidence. Should have been fired.
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The St. Louis cops doing drug busts must be having a good time...
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The laws against ticket scalping are just as corrupting and ridiculous as the laws against drugs.

These police should be fired, and charged with theft. The fact that that isn't happening is horrible.
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Why is this in the political subforum?
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Release the names of the cops involved, and fire their asses.
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Originally Posted by bhk
Why is this in the political subforum?
Larger readership than Book Talk?
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What the heck kind of name is "AdvertisementMokwa"....?
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Originally Posted by bhk
Why is this in the political subforum?

Where would you put it? The discussion of criminal activity/events usually goes in here.

The double-standard that exists between non-police wrongdoers and police wrongdoers is most certainly a political issue.
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There was no evidence to support rumors that high-ranking officers may have used some of the 30 rickets at issue from last October's world championship at Busch Stadium, Mokwa said earlier.
Rickets? I think we need a medicine and disease subforum.
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