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St. Louis County police under investigation after alleged Metrolink wrongdoings

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St. Clair County IL County Board Chairman Mark Kern has called for more security on St. Louis, MO MetroLink trains that run through southern Illinois that includes stops at Scott Air Force Base AFB, IL, Belleville, IL, Swansea, IL, Fairview Height

St. Louis County Police Officers will face an independent investigation after the county council approved the investigation into alleged wrongdoings while officers should have been patrolling the MetroLink, according to KMOV.

This investigation comes after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that county police officers assigned to the MetroLink slept on the job, loitered in offices and covered up security cameras.

The council approved the investigation by a vote of 5-1, KMOV reported. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said he will look into the allegations, but also said the security camera, which is located in what functions as a break room, violates the officers’ privacy. Belmar told KMOX that the accusations were politically motivated, and that some were false.

The executive board of the St. Louis police union met Tuesday and voted to demand that Metro Department of Public Safety Chief Richard Zott be fired. This comes a day after an official with Bi-State Development Agency called for Belmar to resign.

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