St. Louis Police Officers Association Reaffirms Position on Proposition A

St. Louis Police Officers Association Reaffirms Position on Proposition A

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St. Louis Police Officers Association Reaffirms its Position on Local Control Ballot Compromise

St. Louis, Missouri (October 16, 2012) – The Executive Board of the St. Louis Police Officers Association emerged from a meeting of its elected officers today with a unified message on Proposition A, the City Control Compromise.

The Board unanimously reaffirmed its neutral position on Prop A today, describing it as a “compromise that transfers day-to-day operation of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department over to the City but retains state …

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State Rep Bill Reiboldt Encourages YES Support for Prop A

State Rep Bill Reiboldt Encourages YES Support for Prop A

Many of you are probably not aware that the Missouri state government controls both the St. Louis and Kansas City police departments under a law that dates back to the Civil War.

City officials from St. Louis are seeking to have control of their police department. Proposition A, commonly referred to as the “Local Control Initiative” will appear on the November ballot, and Missouri voters will be asked to restore the control of the St. Louis Police Department to the people of St. Louis.

In 1861, the control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department was taken from the city and given to a special commission made up of political appointees who were chosen by Missouri’s governor. This was a Civil War law that was intended to keep firepower out of the hands of a pro-Union city in a largely pro-Confederate state. Today, the outdated law still remains in place, even though now it clearly makes no sense. The reason this initiative requires a statewide vote is because it is a state law and for it to be changed requires a vote of all the people.

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Kansas City Star Endorses Proposition A, Recommends a YES Vote

Kansas City Star Endorses Proposition A, Recommends a YES Vote

The battle to return local control of the Police Department to the people of Kansas City could take a big step forward next month.

That’s when voters across Missouri will decide the fate of Proposition A — which would end the state’s grip on the St. Louis police force, which dates all the way back to the Civil War.

The Star recommends a “yes” vote on Nov. 6.

If the proposition passes, Kansas City would become the only city in the nation without direct control of its police. All other departments in Missouri — and all of those around the rest of the nation — would operate in a way that makes them far more accountable to local residents.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Legislators hold press conference to back St. Louis city control of police

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Legislators hold press conference to back St. Louis city control of police

Do not call today’s press conference a campaign kickoff.

City leaders have been trying to regain control of the city police department for years. They have campaigned. They have lobbied legislators. They have worked to educate voters.

This year’s effort has no kickoff.

Instead, it has eight field staffers, already organizing community meetings from the Kansas border to the Bootheel. It has widespread support among city leaders. And it has a gaggle of state legislators, meeting today to stand behind the November proposition.

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The Kansas City Star: St. Louis police control gets labor, legislative push

The Kansas City Star: St. Louis police control gets labor, legislative push

Three Missouri lawmakers — one Republican, two Democrats — plan a lunchtime news conference in Jefferson City to endorse Proposition A, the local police control initiative for St. Louis on the statewide ballot in eight weeks.

Some endorsers from our area include state Sens. Jolie Justus and Victor Callahan, both Democrats.

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Capitol Press Conference Today Announces Broad, Bipartisan Support for the Local Control Initiative

Capitol Press Conference Today Announces Broad, Bipartisan Support for the Local Control Initiative

Eighty-seven members of the General Assembly publicly endorse Proposition A… Today, legislators from across Missouri announce their endorsement of Proposition A, the Local Control Initiative. This statewide, bipartisan support is the focal point of a press conference.

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Missouri AFL-CIO Endorses Proposition A

Missouri AFL-CIO Endorses Proposition A

At its state convention, the Missouri AFL-CIO endorsed Proposition A, the Local Control Initiative, which will appear on the November 6 ballot. If Proposition A passes, it will return control of the St. Louis police department back to the people and the City of St. Louis.

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