Bill Bryan; Of The Post-Dispatch March 30, 2001, Friday, Five Star Lift Edition Copyright 2001 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Inc. St. Louis Post-Dispatch March 30, 2001, Friday, Five Star Lift Edition
(ST. LOUIS) - About 60 members of the St. Louis Police Officers Association picketed outside police headquarters Thursday morning to show their displeasure with the Police Board for refusing to reinstate Officer Robert Dodson.
The officers carried signs saying: "Why does the Police Board hate cops?" "Police deserve fair treatment," and "Justice delivered by the jury, denied by the Police Board."
The police, who were off-duty and wearing civilian attire, picketed an hour.
Dodson, 42, was not present. He was acquitted in St. Louis Circuit Court this month of second-degree murder in the death of a burglary suspect Dodson was arresting in April 1999.
Dodson was accused of fatally beating Julius Thurman, 19, in the head with a flashlight after confronting him on the roof of the burglarized building.
Police Board President Eddie Roth said the board can't act on the Dodson matter until it receives a recommendation from Chief Ron Henderson, who is awaiting a report by the Internal Affairs division. Internal Affairs is still examining the possibility of physical abuse in connection with the arrests of Thurman and a second suspect, and its report to the chief is expected to be ready in about a week.