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Police apologize for harassing family during home repairs

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis County police are apologizing to a family that complained of harassment while repairing a south county home.

The family says police targeted them for being in the wrong neighborhood. KMOV-TV reports that one family member recorded an officer warning that he would come down on them "like a headless horseman" if their alibi was false

Dale Watson was hired by a real estate agent to fix the home near Tesson Ferry and Butler Hill Roads. Watson, who is black, says the comment was meant to invoke the Ku Klux Klan. He received a letter of apology from Police Chief Tim Fitch after complaining to the county.

The incident occurred in a county precinct where Fitch recently fired a police lieutenant who ordered his officers to target blacks.

 

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