ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Eleven St. Louis County police officers assigned to patrol MetroLink were issued written reprimands — some for loitering in Metro security offices and others for covering security cameras in the offices.
County police, in a news release issued Friday, also said several other allegations of misconduct were determined to be “unfounded or not substantiated” in a 16-week internal affairs investigation of the department’s MetroLink unit.
Twelve reprimands were issued.
County Police Chief Jon Belmar initiated the investigation in July after Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger published a series of reports alleging misconduct by officers.
The series, based largely on documents and videos obtained from MetroLink through a public records request, also reflected communication breakdowns between county police officials and transit managers.
The chief submitted the report to the county Police Board last week.
The names of the officers reprimanded were not disclosed in Friday’s news release.
Belmar, in a statement, said he began the probe because county officers are and should be held to a very high standard.
“This department has never shied away from discipline when appropriate,” the chief said.
Police Board President Roland Corvington in a statement said the board found the investigation “to be thorough and conducted to logical conclusion.”