Police In St. Louis County Made Big Changes But Haven't Demilitarized
St. Louis County police have made dozens of reforms in collaboration with the DOJ, but getting rid of its military-style equipment isn't one of them.By Jamal Andress | August 22, 2016
"We know we're not the military, and we don't want to put that image out there either," St. Louis County Police Department Sgt. John Wall said.
Unfortunately, that's how the world was introduced to the current St. Louis County Police Department after the unrest that followed the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown, which pushed the area into the national spotlight.
"Putting a guy on top of a truck with a rifle. Now, he's using the scope as a pair of binoculars, not as a riffle, to point at people or anything. That looked bad to the public. So we re-adjusted and put a guy out there with binoculars," Wall said.