Incoming Missouri governor calls for ‘Blue Alert’ law in wake of police shootings

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JEFFERSON CITY • After two police officers were shot this weekend in St. Louis and Gladstone, Mo., Governor-elect Eric Greitens on Monday called for an emergency alert system that will help law enforcement more quickly apprehend someone who has injured or killed an officer. The “Blue Alert” system is similar to Amber and Silver alerts, which help police find missing children and senior citizens, respectively. The alerts would go out statewide and include information describing the offender and his vehicle. 
Twenty-seven others states have the system, and Greitens vowed to work with the Legislature to put it into place in Missouri.”In the face of this violence, we must take action. We must stand up for those who stand guard for us,” Greitens said. “In the year ahead, my administration will push for the strictest possible punishments for anyone who assaults a police officer.”
In St. Louis, a 20-year veteran police sergeant was shot in the face Sunday evening near Hampton and Pernod avenues. A suspect was later killed in a shootout with police early on Monday after being sought out for questioning. Also on Sunday in Gladstone, a Kansas City suburb, a police officer and suspect were shot during …


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