Statement from Circuit Attorney Jennifer M. Joyce:
Today, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department announced that it had delivered its findings regarding the shooting death of Kajieme Powell to the Circuit Attorney's Office for review. The Police Department did not request any criminal charges.
As established under the Police Department’s protocol, the Circuit Attorney's Office will now embark on an independent and thorough review of all the facts of Mr. Powell's death. As a completely separate entity, the Police Department's findings do not, in any way, dictate the actions to be taken by my office.
I will assemble a team of experienced prosecutors who will expeditiously review all the facts and evidence. This includes the video and information made available to the public shortly after the shooting, as well as additional materials. If necessary, we will conduct our own witness interviews to get to the truth of the circumstances of the shooting.
We urge anyone with information on this matter to assist us in this review process.
I ask for continued patience from the community. A thorough review demands sufficient time to seek the truth. When our team has reached a conclusion in the matter, my office will issue a report making clear our decision and the reason for it.
The review into the shooting death of Vonderrit Myers remains open and very active at this time. We also ask anyone with information on that case to come forward.
Please contact Public Information Officer Lauren Trager at 314-641-8649 with inquiries.