Lawsuit Claims Wrongful Arrests in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Depositions taken for a lawsuit say the St. Louis criminal justice system frequently makes mistaken arrests and doesn't have the tools to fix the problem.
The sworn statements filed late Tuesday were taken in a lawsuit seeking damages on behalf of Cedric Wright, who claims he was wrongly held in jail for 62 days. His attorneys plan to ask that the case become a class action lawsuit.
Wright's lawsuit claims 82 people say they were mistakenly arrested and held in jail from 2007 through mid-2013.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that a year-long investigation found that mistakes - many caused by a failure to check fingerprints closely or read emails - put 100 people behind bars for a total of more than 2,000 days over roughly seven years.