Prop A Would Give St. Louis Control of Police

7 years 11 months 1 week ago Wednesday, October 24 2012 Oct 24, 2012 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 12:33:59 PM CDT October 24, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - The Civil War was just getting stared when the state of Missouri took control of the St. Louis Police Department. A century-and-a-half later, the city wants it back.

Years of efforts by the city to wrest control from the state Legislature failed, so now, voters are being asked to decide. Proposition A is on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot. 

Mayor Francis Slay says taxpayers would save about $4.5 million because duplication of administrative functions would no longer be necessary. More importantly, he says, police work improves with local oversight.

But some in St. Louis oppose Proposition A because language that would have established a citizen oversight board and easier access to police records were stricken.

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