Belleville Police to receive $40,000 donation for safety gear

News-DemocratAugust 30, 2013 

A law firm is donating $40,000 to the Belleville Police Department that will be used to purchase new safety equipment.

On Tuesday, the Belleville Police Trust Fund will officially receive the donation from the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale LLC. The money comes from the terms of a lawsuit that a ballistic shield manufacturer agreed to two years ago.

The company is paying a confidential sum to former Belleville Police Sgt. Jon Brough, who lost his vision and sense of smell in a 2006 shooting. This donation is a portion of the settlement, which is going to the metro-east police department through an agreement with Brough and Armstrong Teasdale, Brough's law firm.

Belleville Police Capt. Don Sax said the department is discussing what to purchase with the money. He said the department may buy rifles, helmets or shields for its officers.

"It's obviously very beneficial," Sax said about the donation. "We're going to be able to purchase items and different things that we don't have in the general fund budget for safety items."

Armstrong Teasdale has agreed to donate a portion of its fee to police organizations chosen by Brough. Last year, the law firm donated $10,000 to the St. Louis Police Foundation to support the St. Louis Police SWAT team.

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