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St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners announces independent investigation into police department

The investigation will look into the department's policies and procedures, decision-making and promotional processes as well as inclusion in the department.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — The board that oversees the St. Louis County Police Department said it will be bringing in an outside group to investigate the police department after a multi-million dollar settlement last week.

In a press release, the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners will bring in an outside entity to create a comprehensive report on the department.

The release said that report would include investigations into department policies and procedures, decision-making and promotional processes and inclusion in the department, as well as other topics.

The board will work with the St. Louis County Counselor's Office to pick the independent group that will carry out the investigation. The release said the investigation should be finished within 90 days of selecting the group.

The announcement comes less than a week after a St. Louis County jury awarded nearly $20 million to a police sergeant who said he was told to "tone down his gayness" if he wanted to be promoted.

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Sgt. Keith Wildhaber filed a discrimination lawsuit against the St. Louis County Police Department, claiming the department repeatedly passed him over for promotions because he is gay.

On Sunday, County Executive Sam Page said leadership changes would be coming to the police department, and County Councilwoman Lisa Clancy called for Police Chief Jon Belmar to resign. The chairman of the Board of Police Commissioners resigned.

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