Even Police Officers Need To Watch Social Media

We all know that what you post on social media can live forever, but that doesn’t mean everyone listens to this. The same holds true for police officers, and two St. Louis police officers have been fired for what they have posted on social media. 22 St. Louis City police officers have been put on an exclusion list.

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — Two St. Louis Metropolitan police officers have been fired over social media posts, their lawyer told News 4.

Officers Thomas Mabrey and Ronald Hasty are appealing their terminations to the Civil Service Commission.

A letter obtained by News 4 shows 22 St. Louis City police officers have been put on an “exclusion list” due to an investigation into allegations about social media posts.

“We look forward to vigorously defending both officers’ reputations and are confident their actual records as police officers, and not Facebook shares and likes posted as private citizens will ultimately rule the day,” their lawyer, Brian Millikan, said.

Facebook posts from Mabrey and Hasty were compiled by The Plain View Project which is a database of Facebook posts and comments from current and former police officers.

Earlier this year, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department announced they were investigating allegations that several current and former officers made racist, violent, homophobic, and anti-Muslim posts on Facebook.

In June, Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office put together an “exclusion list” of 22 officers not allowed to testify in court. Of the 22, seven were permanently banned from presenting cases to the Circuit Attorney’s Office. We reached out to Gardner’s office to find out if these two officers were on the exclusion list. We have not heard back yet.

We’ve also reached out to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and are waiting to hear back.

Source: https://www.kmov.com/news/st-louis-police-officers-fired-over-social-media-posts-lawyer/article_f8281118-1aeb-11ea-a0ec-032bdd908686.html

Interesting Discovery Made In St. Louis

St. Louis has plenty of history, as a great city that has been around for a while. While discovering things throughout the city isn’t rare in and of itself, finding something that is nearly 140 years old is pretty neat! That is exactly what construction crews did while excavating a home, a 15 foot cistern.

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — Construction crews are working to fill in a 15-foot hole that was discovered underneath a home in Dogtown near Manchester. The hole is an old cistern believed to date back to the late 1880s. 

Cisterns have been around for centuries. They collect rain water, which is then used for drinking, bathing, washing clothes, and even flushing the toilet. 

“We didn’t really expect this to happen,” said Rick Schaper, who hired Hibbs Homes to build his family a new home on the property. 

Schaper said the home that once sat on the property could not be saved. 

Danni Eichenhorst with Hibbs Homes said crews also discovered an old mine shaft near the cistern. She said finding both on the same property is very rare. 

“A lot of the mines in this area are not documented very well and sometimes when you excavate a project here you’re likely to run into something,” said Eichenhorst. “Anytime we build in the historic St. Louis area we’re likely to run into a couple of issues.”

Schaper said he was more blown away by what was found inside the cistern. He discovered several bottles likely from the turn of the century. 

“A lot of them are apothecary bottles, medicine bottles,” said Schaper. “For these to survive being thrown down in a cistern years ago and then dug up by excavator you know that they were made a long time ago.”

Cisterns are more common than you might think. Two weeks ago, the Campbell House Museum downtown on Locust Street discovered two large cisterns while in the process of building a new education space and gift shop.

Missouri law requires homeowners to fill any cistern or well that is no longer in use. 

Source: https://www.kmov.com/news/rare-discovery-made-while-excavating-home-near-trendy-st-louis/article_a870c842-1af3-11ea-b7f5-fb9af3f9bf52.html