ST. LOUIS – Some city traffic police officers have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, and the traffic division is now under quarantine.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the office of Mayor Lyda Krewson would not comment on employees’ health as a matter of policy.
But the Ethical Society of Police, a union of black officers in St. Louis and St. Louis County, said Saturday night via Twitter: “St. Louis City Traffic Police Officers have tested positive for COVID-19. The Traffic Division is now quarantined. One officer is not doing well.”
In a statement on the union’s website, it said that “leaders in the Traffic Safety Division failed to follow a modicum of known CDC guidelines with their response to COVID-19, a deadly pandemic.” The union criticized the city and police department for taking a “business as usual” approach to traffic policing.
“Routine traffic stops placed officers and citizens in jeopardy,” it said.