Latoca Lashai Davis's mugshot.
Last Thursday, 27-year-old Latoca Lashai Davis visited the city's Civilian Oversight Board to file a complaint against the police. But after her visit, police filed a complaint of their own — alleging Davis had helped herself to an investigator's handgun.
The series of events was apparently captured on surveillance video.
Citing court records, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports
that Davis was seen on video entering the office of investigator Aldin Lolic — who is not a cop — and leaving with a Sig-Sauer semi-automatic pistol.
In response to questions from RFT
, police spokeswoman Leah Freeman confirmed that Davis' complaint had been submitted to the Internal Affairs division.
"The charges and the internal affairs complaint are separate incidents," she writes in an email. "The internal affairs complaint is an ongoing investigation and it would be premature to discuss it at this time." Freeman referred all other questions to the Circuit Attorney's Office. We'll update this post if/when we learn more.
Davis is now facing a felony charge for "stealing a firearm." According to online court records, Davis posted ten percent of a $10,000 bond and is no longer in custody. Her next court date is August 14.
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