Attorneys for St. Louis officer facing charges from Kim Gardner say they smell a rat

“She has a different standard for police officers than she has for your standard felon in the City of St. Louis.”

The Marc Cox Morning Show
April 30, 2020 - 9:51 am

(KFTK – St. Louis) -

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is at it again. This time she has brought charges of involuntary manslaughter against a St. Louis County police officer.

Officer Preston Marquart struck and killed a 12-year-old girl with his patrol SUV in October. The tragic accident was investigated by the department and ruled an accident.

In true Kim Gardner fashion, she’s decided to reopen the investigation and bring charges of involuntary manslaughter.

Marquart’s attorneys are calling this an act of “pure politics”.

“She has a different standard for police officers than she has for your standard felon in the City of St. Louis,” attorney Joe Hogan.

October 16, 2019

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old girl was injured when she was struck by a St. Louis County patrol vehicle while an officer was following a suspicious vehicle.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the girl, identified by family as Akeelah Jackson, was struck Monday evening just inside St. Louis city limits.

County Police Sgt. Benjamin Granda said the officer told police he was trying to get closer to a suspicious car to make a traffic stop when the girl was struck. Granda said the officer was not using lights and sirens on a road with a 30 mph speed limit. Data showed the officer’s maximum speed was 59 mph but it wasn’t clear how fast the officer was driving when the Akeelah was hit.

The girl’s cousin, Ashley Jackson, said doctors told the family she would likely die from her injuries.

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