St Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner Accused of Releasing Looters

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Kim Gardner, St Louis Circuit attorney, (aka prosecutor) allegedly failed to prosecute the 36 looters arrested over two days in St Louis rioting. The Missouri State Attorney General was furious. Is there any leadership in St Louis? It appears not.  Thanks, Democrats.

First, the spat between local prosecutor Kim Gardner and State Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

Kim Gardner defended the release for a “lack of admissible evidence” from the police department. She stated that only 8 of those arrested were referred to her office.

She issued a statement:

“In yet another misleading attack against me by the local police officer association,

I was accused of letting every single person go who the St. Louis police department arrested for looting and rioting.

To be clear, as of right now, the police department brought to my office a group of 8 individuals involved with stealing for prosecution.

We need the police to bring admissible evidence to charge. My office cannot issue any case when there is not admissible evidence. Point blank.

And if we do issue a case when there is not admissible evidence, that is unethical. And I was assured by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department that when they have the required admissible evidence, they will bring these cases to my office for prosecution.

I’ve noticed that the Attorney General is tweeting quite a bit about looters and rioters and not about the fact that we have a history of police violence in this city and nation.

And that has caused people to take to the streets yet again to demand accountability and change in our criminal justice system.

It is clear that he does not care about justice or safety or the needs of this community. He just wants to launch a politically motivated attack against me, even if it means misleading and lying to the public.

While the AG continues to fuel the division in the community at a time of great pain, suffering and racial divide, my response to the AG: I got work to do.” Kim Gardner

 

KMOV reported,

“According to St. Louis police, two of the 36 arrested were released on summonses, and the remaining charges have been deemed either ‘pending application of warrant’ or ‘refused’ for police follow up.

Gardner said of those 36 arrested in two nights, only eight of the cases were referred to her office.”

Missouri AG Schmitt is now working with the US Attorney to charge those who committed violence. He is attempting to do an end-run around Kim Gardner’s office. She has a history of anti-police statements, and is reportedly under criminal investigation, as is her lead investigator for falsely charging former Governor Eric Greitens.

 Admissible evidence:

Evidence that is “admissible” for charges made during a riot could be video footage, or possession of stolen property, as well as direct witnessing of the crime, and identification of suspects.  It seems odd that police arresting folks wouldn’t have that kind of information in their initial arrest reports. Or did they? Releasing the very same people who committed crimes back onto the streets is completely counterproductive.

Featured photo: screenshot of Kim Gardner via KMOV video

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