According to new traffic stop data from Attorney General Eric Schmitt, the racial disparity of black drivers being pulled over by Columbia and Boone County law enforcement is the highest it has been since 2000.
Pat Pratt -- A Mexico, Missouri man is suing Centralia and a police officer alleging he was wrongfully arrested and jailed for four months on charges of burglarizing a restaurant in July 2019, according to a federal lawsuit.
Some Missouri state lawmakers behind an effort to limit to ban most uses of seclusion rooms, which are small rooms with little to no furniture or accommodations, are hoping to find success early in the 2020 legislative session.
Columbia residents voiced their concerns about equity in Columbia Public Schools Monday night. In a five-hour Board of Education meeting, parents advocated for open recording of meetings where they discussed their students’ individualized education plan with instructors. Other parents condemned the district’s use of seclusion and restraint on students.
The wrongful arrest of a Smithton Middle School student will lead to disciplinary action against a Columbia police officer and has raised a call for the resignation of the school district’s equity officer.
The Columbia Public Schools district continues to investigate after a middle school homepage was racially imitated by students. A photo of the doctored homepage was discovered on Google by community members and has been taken down since then. The image below has been redacted due to the offensive language.
Only 40 people out of more than 1,200 with outstanding warrants took advantage of a recent amnesty offer by Columbia Municipal Court.
A community fund to help reduce the stresses of the cash bail system on poor pretrial detainees saw highs and lows in 2019, but in the end, managed to help many non-violent misdemeanor defendants avoid the potentially far more detrimental effects of an extended jail stay.