Greitens proposes 'Blue Alert' system after cop shootings

Greitens says he will work with the Legislature to establish a "Blue Alert" system that would send out emergency notices to help capture anyone who shoots a police officer.

ST. LOUIS - On the heels of a violent night in which two police officers in Missouri were shot, Governor-elect Eric Greitens is proposing establishing a "Blue Alert" system in the state.

Sunday, police officers in St. Louis and Gladstone were shot in the line of duty.

"In the face of this violence, we must take action. We must stand up for those who stand guard for us," Greitens said in a release Monday morning.

He pledged that his administrations will work with the legislature to establish a "Blue Alert" system, which is similar to the AMBER Alert and Silver Alert systems, to send out emergency notices to quickly find suspects accused of shooting police officers. He says 27 other states currently have a similar system in place.

Greitens also says his administration will push for the strictest possible punishments for those who assault police officers.

A St. Louis police officer was shot in the face twice in south city Sunday evening. The suspect was later killed in a shootout with police. A police officer in Gladstone, near Kansas City, was shot Sunday night during a traffic stop. Both officers are expected to survive.



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