St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners Proves Government Can’t Get Anything Right

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Conservatives love cracking on government and its unintended consequences. How often does a government initiative give us backassward results?

Exhibit A: Obama hands Solyndra millions in tax dollars to promote green energy. Solyndra (and numerous other green energy grant recipients) goes bankrupt.

Another example is the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners.

In 1861, Missouri’s legislature created a board of commissioners to oversee the St. Louis Police Department. Why? Because Missouri was a slave state, but St. Louis was full of Unionists who might use the police to advance the cause of abolition. Missouri’s rural politicians created the board to better control that police force.

Over time, of course, that governor-appointed board has given St. Louis and Missouri a great police department. The oversight from Jefferson City limits the amount of corruption on the city’s police department.

It’s an irony only government could create. A board intended to deny basic God-given liberties and rights to slaves became a crucial tool in protecting liberty and rights and fairness and justice in the city of St. Louis for a century and a half.

That’s why both the NAACP and the ACLU oppose Proposition A. And, for once in my life, I agree with the NAACP and the ACLU.  Vote No on Proposition A November 6.

St. Louis Police Department Is Crumbling, But You Can Vote to Save It

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You get the feeling that Rex Sinquefield holds a grudge against his home state, and he’s using some of his fortune to punish us.

Rex gave a quarter million dollars to Obama’s Lawyer, Chris Koster. But that wasn’t his first assault on us. Rex’s war against the St. Louis Police Department is older and far more bitter.

Rex wants to force the state to surrender the Board of Police Commissioners for St. Louis. He wants his pal and financial ward, Mayor Francis Slay, to control the police department, and its pension fund, just as Slay and his cronies control the hapless St. Louis Fire Department.

Under the plan Rex has financed, Slay would control the police board exclusively. Police officers would no longer be open to those with a passion for law enforcement and order.  Instead, Slay would use police positions as rewards and promotions for other city workers.

Already, the city police department is losing top-flight officers to the county and other jurisdictions, according to veteran sources in the St. Louis Police Department.

“The young guys know the pension fund is all but gone. Slay will raid it just like he raids the firemen’s.” Rex’s pet issue is to blame.

On November 6, Missourians have a chance to protect the police officers who protect citizens of and visitors to St. Louis. I beg you to VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION A on November 6. 

If you want a safe St. Louis, vote NO on Proposition A.

In case I wasn’t clear, please vote NO on Proposition A.

And tell your friends.

*UPDATE* More on Prop A by Gary Weigert, a 32-year veteran of STLPD.

MORE: St. Louis Police Chief Isom announced his retirement. He’s one of the youngest chiefs to retire, and after only 5 years. Guess he wants to grab his pension while it’s still there.