[News] St. Louis County police chief went to Israel in 2011 to study Israeli security forces
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Fri Aug 15 10:50:41 EDT 2014
March 24, 2011
St. Louis County chief will travel to Israel
St. Louis County police chief Tim Fitch will be traveling to Israel next
month to learn how Israeli police, intelligence and security forces work
to prevent terrorist attacks.
Fitch will visit for a week with other law enforcement officials from
across the United States, including representatives of the FBI and
Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The trip is part of the
Anti-Defamation League's National Counter-Terrorism seminar.
Fitch and the others will visit Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Tiberias, among
other cities. The Israel National Police and senior officials from
Israel's defense forces, intelligence and security organizations will
meet with the Americans.
St. Louis County police houses the region's anti-terrorism center.
St. Louis County police previously investigated for racial bias
August 14, 2014
The St. Louis County police have been under investigation for using
racial profiling and targeting non-whites in traffic stops and other
The department has been the focus of nationwide attention this week as
its aggressive response to demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., has drawn
criticism from President Barack Obama
civil rights advocates and community leaders. The St. Louis suburb has
seen nightly demonstrations since Saturday, when unarmed, 18-year-old
Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police
Researchers from the Center for Policing Equity at the University of
California-Los Angeles visited the St. Louis County police in May
The CPE is an academic consortium that lists its mission as promoting
"police transparency and accountability" <http://cpe.psych.ucla.edu>
with a particular expertise in examining racial profiling and police use
The UCLA team was invited by St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch
after a whistleblower accused Lt. Patrick "Rick" Hayes of ordering his
officers to target African Americans or people with black or "tan" skin
in area shopping centers in 2013.
In an investigation, nine officers corroborated the accusations. Hayes
was fired in May 2013.
In January, the Missouri State Conference of the NAACP filed a federal
civil rights complaint alleging racial profiling by the county police
The NAACP said a disproportionate number of St. Louis County police
arrests were of African Americans, and that black officers on the force
were more severely disciplined for misconduct than their white
Accusations by the whistleblower originally known as "Lonewolf" were
extensively detailed last year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sgt. Daniel O'Neil revealed his identity in July 2013 while taking steps
to file a discrimination lawsuit against the St. Louis County police.
O'Neil said he was targeted for retaliation by the department after it
became known he was the whistleblower.
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