St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis County officer who struck, killed girl with SUV should be charged, police group says

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis County officer who struck, killed girl with SUV should be charged, police group says December 24, 2019

ST. LOUIS — A police organization said Monday that the officer who struck and killed a 12-year-old girl while rushing after a suspicious vehicle should be charged in the death.

Sgt. Heather Taylor, president of the Ethical Society of Police, said the unidentified St. Louis County officer should be charged with manslaughter in the death of Akeelah Jackson, who was struck by the officer’s SUV Oct. 14. She died a few weeks later.

Authorities have said the 25-year-old officer was trying to catch up to a suspicious vehicle when his SUV hit Akeelah as she tried to cross the street in the 8900 block of Halls Ferry Road about 5:45 p.m. The patrol car did not have its lights or sirens on at the time, and was traveling 59 mph on a stretch of road where the speed limit is 30 mph.

The investigation into the girl’s death is continuing and the officer is “serving in an administrative capacity,” authorities said Monday.

The society is a group composed of black city officers who are outspoken on matters of racial discrimination.

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