Statement from the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office:
Following calls from community members and leaders, Circuit Attorney Jennifer M. Joyce announced that the Circuit Attorney’s Office will conduct a simultaneous investigation into the shooting death of Mansur Ball-Bey.
Under the protocol of the Force Investigative Unit (FIU) of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD), the Circuit Attorney reviews officer-involved shootings within the city of St. Louis. The sole role of the Circuit Attorney’s Office is to review the case to determine if a criminal violation of Missouri law occurred and if such violation can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. The Circuit Attorney’s Office is separate and independent from all other City of St. Louis government agencies including the SLMPD.
In the two other officer-involved shooting cases thus far reviewed, the Circuit Attorney’s Office received all documents, witness statements, evidence and information from the SLMPD before embarking on a separate and thorough review of the facts.
Given the public’s concern and in the interest of public safety, Friday Circuit Attorney Joyce announced that her office will immediately begin a simultaneous investigation into the death of Ball-Bey.
“It is vital that we conduct a thorough, meticulous and independent review of this and all officer involved shootings,” said Circuit Attorney Jennifer M. Joyce. “We will work as quickly as possible to gather available facts, evidence and witness statements.”
Prosecutors will therefore immediately begin reviewing evidence and speaking with available witnesses regarding the death of Mansur Ball-Bey.
Moreover, Circuit Attorney Joyce recommends that the Civilian Review Board request the Attorney General conduct a separate review into police policies, practices and training relative to Mr. Ball-Bey’s death.
To complete these imperative review processes, Circuit Attorney Joyce joined with many others to call for witnesses to come forward and cooperate with the investigation.
“Community involvement is the only way that we will get to the truth,” said Circuit Attorney Joyce.
“I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mansur Ball-Bey,” she said. “My thoughts and prayers are with all those who wish for peace and safety in the City of St. Louis. We cannot turn to violence to express our concerns. I urge everyone in this community to protect our city and protect each other.”
The review process into the shooting death of Kajieme Powell is on-going and is expected to conclude in the next few weeks.
If you have information regarding the Mansur Ball-Bey shooting or any other crime, please contact:
St. Louis Regional Crimestoppers
Circuit Attorney’s Office
St. Louis NAACP