St. Louis County cop charged with subway assault
CLAYTON (AP) - A 13-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department is charged with felony assault after allegedly striking a MetroLink passenger on the hand with his expandable baton following an argument.
The county Prosecuting Attorney's Office on Friday charged 44-year-old Dawon Gore of Ferguson with second-degree assault. He was jailed on a $3,500, cash-only bond.
Gore is accused of using excessive force against 24-year-old light-rail passenger Pierre Wilson in late April on the train platform at the North Hanley station in Clayton.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Wilson had asked Gore for help because his girlfriend was missing. Court documents say that Wilson suffered three broken fingers and required surgery.
Gore had been assigned to the department's MetroLink unit since May 2012. He is now suspended without pay.