In his first interview since a series of scandals have rocked the St. Louis Police Department, Police Chief John Hayden tells Charles Jaco he’s confident “the truth will eventually come out” in the case of a police officer who was allegedly killed by another officer, reportedly during a game of Russian Roulette. Hayden also says he’s confident in the city’s psychological screening of officers, despite the admittedly “disturbing” behavior in the Russian Roulette case. Hayden says recent scandals, from the federal indictment of four officers to 28 officers accused of lying no longer being able to file criminal cases, have led him to remind officers to uphold professional standards in the department. The Chief also tells Charles Jaco that loose gun laws in Missouri are a big problem for city police, and that he’d like the legislature to write tougher gun laws that would apply only to urban areas like St. Louis and Kansas City.
Charles Jaco is a journalist and author. He has worked for NBC News, CNN, KMOX, KTRS, and Fox 2. He is best known for his coverage of the first Gulf War, and for his "legitimate rape" interview with Senate candidate Todd Akin. He is the winner of three George Foster Peabody Awards, and the author of four books.