A committee of the Missouri State Senate has approved a bill that would return control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to city residents, increasing the department's accountability to the people who pay for ' and rely on ' it.
The version of the bill approved by the committee contains a provision of dubious validity that makes returning the department conditional on the size of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen being cut in half. (There will be other poison pills and Trojan Horses: passing a bill is long-and-winding process. What is clear is that the concept of local control of the St. Louis police department enjoys of the support of many representatives and senators.)
What the senators approve, the House of Representative agrees to, and the governor signs, we will address then.