Members from throughout the St. Louis community are gathering this Friday, February 18, 2011 at 10:00 am to show solidarity and support in the effort to regain local control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. The event which will take place at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church (1444 S. Compton Ave.) will feature leaders from neighborhoods, religious organizations, businesses and state and local elected officials.
This event is part of a larger effort to return local control of the police department to the people of St. Louis. State Senator Joe Keaveny has filed SB23 in the Missouri Senate and Representative Jamilah Nasheed has filed HB71 in the Missouri House which both provide for local governance. These bills were filed in accordance with St. Louis voters support, approximately 69%, that clearly stated that "governance of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department should be returned to the City of St. Louis."
St. Louis is one of only two police departments in the country that is funded by local citizens, but is being run by the State. The power of governance has remained in the State of Missouri's hands since1861 in response to the Civil War. In 2010, St. Louis taxpayers spent $164 million on the St. Louis Police Department.
This broad coalition of supporters of local control are asking that the people of St. Louis have the same rights as other communities across the State of Missouri.
- President of the Board of Aldermen, Lewis E. Reed
- St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay
- State Senator Joe Keaveny (D-4)
- State Representatives Jamilah Nasheed (D-60), Chris Carter (D-61), Tishaura Jones (D-63)
- Representatives from FOCUS St. Louis
- Representative from Civic Progress
- Representative from The Regional Business Council
- Rev. Dr. E.G. Shields, Sr. of The St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition
WHAT: Members from throughout the St. Louis community are gathering to show solidarity and support in the effort to regain local control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
WHERE: Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church (1444 South Compton Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63104-1210)
WHEN: 10:00 a.m., February 18, 2011