With the Missouri General Assembly entering the last day of its session, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s African American Caucus has spoken out again in favor of the City regaining control of our police department. (A board appointed by the governor has controlled the St. Louis Police Department since 1861.)
I wholeheartedly agree with the aldermanic Caucus.
The legislature took control of Missouri’s police forces at the start of the Civil War, which finished in 1865. Except for the forces in St. Louis and Kansas City, every other municipal and county police department in the state is once again controlled locally. It is well past time for the state to consider giving up control of the last two departments.