St. Louis Prosecutor Sues City, Police Union For 'Racist Conspiracy' Against Her

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner filed a lawsuit Monday that accused police of trying to run her out of office.

St. Louis, LA – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner filed a lawsuit on Monday that accused the city of St. Louis, the police union, and several others of a coordinated, racist conspiracy to run her out of office.

Gardner, the city’s first black prosecutor, has alleged in her lawsuit that there is a racist effort in the works to block her reform agenda, St. Louis Public Radio reported.

“Gardner was elected in 2016 on a promise to redress the scourge of historical inequality and rebuild trust in the criminal justice system among communities of color,” the lawsuit read. “Unfortunately, entrenched interests in St. Louis … have mobilized to thwart these efforts through a broad campaign of collusive conduct” to run the circuit attorney out of office.

The prosecutor’s office has been a mess since the Gardner took office two-and-a-half years ago.

More than 65 prosecutors have left the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office since Gardner took office - a turnover rate of more than 100 percent.

Some attorneys quit and others were fired, but they took with them a combined 470 years of prosecutorial experience, leaving the office in really bad shape, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Gardner, who is notoriously anti-police, has tried to deflect criticism of her management of the prosecutor’s office by complaining the police department has failed to solve enough murders and retweeting criticism of officers.

She has said she is committed to creating “a more accountable criminal justice system,” and that she will “continue to hold people accountable regardless of their occupation and position in life,” The St. Louis American reported.

The lawsuit filed on Jan. 12 stems from Gardner’s prosecution of then-Missouri Governor Eric Greitens in 2018, St. Louis Public Radio reported.

Gardner hired an investigator named William Tisaby to verify accusations that the governor had taken semi-naked pictures of his lover and transmitted them electronically.

She ended up dropping the charges against Greitens after questions were raised about her investigator’s conduct during the investigation, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

Police asked the judge to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of perjury against Tisaby.

St. Louis attorney Gerard Carmody took the case to a grand jury and Tisaby was indicted on seven counts of perjury and evidence tampering, St. Louis Public Radio reported.

Tisaby pleaded not guilty and that case is ongoing.

Gardner’s lawsuit claimed that the police department dragged their feet about investigating threats the prosecutor’s office received while she was prosecuting the governor, according to St. Louis public radio.

The suit alleged that the defendants “have conspired for the purpose of impeding, hindering, obstructing, or defeating the due course of justice, with the intent to injure Gardner or her property for lawfully enforcing and/or attempting to enforce the rights of all persons within the City of St. Louis to equal protection of the laws.”

The suit claimed that the special prosecutor who was appointed to investigate Tisaby and his law firm had numerous connections to law enforcement and Gardner’s 2016 opponents, St. Louis Public Radio reported.

Gardner’s attorneys claimed the police union and others "have mobilized to thwart these efforts" to change historic racial inequality in the city’s criminal justice system, the Associated Press reported.

The lawsuit pointed to "the unprecedented appointment of a white, ethically conflicted Special Prosecutor" which her attorneys have argued was appointed solely to oust Gardner.

Gardner’s lawsuit is seeking monetary damages and asked the court to stop the defendants from “violating Gardner’s civil rights,” St. Louis Public Radio reported.

"This is about the will of the people being silenced by a concerted effort to stop reform in the city of St. Louis, and this has to be addressed," Gardner told the Associated Press.

"This is saying, 'No more are we going to let the powerful few who want to hold onto the status quo prevent an elected prosecutor from doing her job,'" the embattled prosecutor said.

Mothers Against Police Brutality was picking up the tab for Gardner’s litigation, St. Louis Public Radio reported.

Comments (118)
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flybynight
flybynight

#no$oro$paidforaffirmativeaction-da

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Sorry, your race card has been declined. do you have another form of Argument?

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The usual suspect.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Judging by the comments I expect to see here, she's correct and she is being racially targeted. Everyone on this message board would try to do the same to her.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

wait a second.... she fires many of her existing staff, and the rest resign, resulting in 100% turnover rates, because she wants to reform the system (translation: not enforce the current laws). and somehow it's the police union's fault?

"Mothers Against Police Brutality was picking up the tab for Gardner’s litigation" Maybe if those mothers actually disciplined their kids when they were younger, Garner wouldn't have to make excuses why not to prosecute them for the crimes they commit.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

When this suit is dismissed due to being frivolous, can the police union and everyone else she is blaming for her own failures sue to personally for defamation? and slander? maybe even file a complaint with the bar to get her license revoked?

JBoH
JBoH

St. Louis is only 46% white. 54% are POC. Not sure why she's playing the race card again. The population has declined every counting period since 1940 except two...from 816,000 to 302,000. Go figure.

LEO0301
LEO0301

So if I get this right, she's using the race card because she is incompetent. The citizens of St Louis should be up in arms over a 100% turnover in her office. Instead, she is trying to increase her bankroll before she is kicked out of office.

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

Hard enough to live next to. Impossible to work with. Impossible to work FOR. Can you just imagine what it would be like to be married to this bitch?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Is there any cash left in the race card jar?

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Well, when you're incompetent ya gotta blame someone!

Pooliscool
Pooliscool

What a bytch

tommc42
tommc42

The voters elected her. If they did not get what they wanted they can vote her out. Local elections make a difference and we too often fail to realize this fact. Small voter turnouts allow such people to be elected, regardless who who pays for it. Only VOTES count and you must vote, not talk, to make your voice heard. This has happened in a number of jurisdictions around the country and we must VOTE to reverse it at the next election.

Janken
Janken

RACISM, RACISM, RACISM that's all they do. You got more clout than me now. Everyone should take a deep breath and figure out this is life. UPS AND DOWNS. IF SOMEONE HAS A PERFECT LIFE EVERY DAY THEN YOU ARE LYING

Mrs10
Mrs10

I find it insulting and intellectually dishonest to file a lawsuit on this issue that involves race in any way. This prosecutor is obviously having staff problems and problems relating to and working with cops. That's due to her POLICIES and IDEOLOGY, not her race. The police have this small problem with the fact that she is anti-cop and pro-criminal. It's crazy, I know.

But maybe, just maybe, the problems between the two group have ZERO to do with race and everything to do with the conflict caused when a DA - who is supposed to be an Allie in the persuit of Justice - seeks her own version of Justice and turns on the very people she is supposed to have a working relationship with.

Who cares what race she is?

By suing with race as a basis for her suit, she's basically saying that she as a black woman is incapable of solving inter-departmental problems, (even if there are racist elements) without resorting to playing the race card.

If we are to EVER erase racism from American life, we must first STOP using it as an everyday phrase and excuse. The "race card" exists only when it is played. And because it gets played - over and over and over - we get the equivalent of the little boy who cried wolf.

People stop listening to cries of "racism" because the term is being way OVER-used and in inappropriate context. So that when it IS actually appropriate to call something or someone out for TRULY being racist, the term has lost all meaning.

It's people like this DA using the term to try to silence those who opppse her philosophically and administratively that cause the problem just discussed.

The point: race should only be brought up if it is ACTUALLY in play. If there is proof that her problems with the failed prosecution of the governor occurred BECAUSE she is black then THAT is racism.

But it seems to me that she's an anti-police DA who ran on a ticket of opposing police and the establishment. And that she's getting push-back by those groups. Instead of acknowledgement of her part in this whole thing she's suing.

They don't hate her because she's black. They hate her because of the things already stated. And it's not just the cops. She's run EVERYONE out of her office, and even has driven off those who came on willingly to replace the original staff. That tells me the problem is with HER and maybe she should practice a different type of criminal law. Like be a defense attorney. But this has nothing to do with her race or anyone else's for that matter.

That's why I'm pissed. Or at least part of it. I'd think that other blacks would be too, as she's hijacking an awful reality that some black people actually deal with (actual racism) to justify her court losses to those who elected her. It's not her fault she's losing, it's everyone else's. Because she's black. And that's just the most stupid, self-promoting, non-racially appropriate or sensitive thing I can think of.

SDLucas
SDLucas

Are there provisions in Missouri law to impeach or otherwise remove the the obviously incompetent? Perhaps the Governor's own political problems are interfering with appropriate action to give the people of St. Louis a functioning prosecutor and staff?

unclebubby
unclebubby

Porch monkees in charge

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Electing this woman from day one has been one of the worse decisions St Louis voters ever made. Just Google her name and see for yourself. "St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner repeatedly violated campaign finance laws, dating back to her time as a state representative, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission." And yes she had to pay the money (of course not all of it) back., and that is only the beginning. There is so much more. and of course she plays this worn out tired old card the public is sick of hearing about. The primary is in August 2020 and a former homicide prosecution who worked in that office and was part of the cull when Gardner came in, is running against her, if she has the balls to seek reelection.