'Most' of 75 officers should be taken off Gardner's exclusion list, says St. Louis public safety director

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The man in charge of the St. Louis City Police Department wants to meet with Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner to talk about her list of police officers she won't deal with. Public Safety Director Judge Jimmie Edwards says it's a problem that the list keeps getting bigger.

Gardner added 15 more names to the list Friday, bringing the total number to as many as 75 officers.

"I think that most of the officer shod be off the list because they have gone through court, they have testified, they have done all the things that we expect for them to do so that they are not longer on the list," Edwards says. "So that's an issue I need to address with Ms Gardner."

Edwards says none of the officers on the list have been taken off the street.

They're still working. But when they make an arrest, he says, they have to get their partner or a supervisor to sign the warrant seeking charges.

Edwards says he wants to meet with Gardner to discuss how officers can get off the exclusion list moving forward.

KMOX asked for an interview with Gardner about the list. She declined.

A spokesman re-released a statement from last week saying: Police Chief "John Hayden is fully aware of the circumstances surrounding the addition of 15 officers to the exclusion list. The St. Louis city police union under its current leadership has a consistent antagonistic history of resisting any and all attempts to root out bad actors within our police department."

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