ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Police chief Sam Dotson used a recent shooting as another example of why gun crimes need stronger penalties in the city.
FOX 2's Rafer Weigel sat down with the chief to talk about his blog that blasted the court system.
Dotson called the blog posts his "Sane Rants".
Tuesday in a one-on-one with FOX 2 Dotson again blasted the courts for not letting police do their jobs, accusing them of letting criminals go free.
In his blog Dotson used an 18-year-old as an example saying the courts let him go home with an ankle bracelet. Months later he was involved in a deadly crash, with stolen assault rifles and a pistol found in his car.
Dotson then cited two robberies in St. Louis city and in St. Charles, saying the bail for the same crime is over $497,000 less in the city than in St. Charles County.
Dotson says arrests are up 4% and crime is going down. But says perception of crime in the city is going up. He says that blame lies at the feet of the judges who are being too soft on repeat criminals.
The chief says he's tried to speak with the head of the courts.
We reached out to the courts, who responded to Dotson's comments about the 18-year-old, saying in part: "Dotson misrepresented the facts. He had the right to a bond reduction hearing and an ankle bracelet. When he failed to charge his bracelet, bond was revoked and warrant issued. He was later charged with possession of defaced firearm, a misdemeanor. He did not go free, and was not a danger to society. Some judges do meet with Dotson regularly along with the circuit attorney's office, and he knows that he can speak to judges"