On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, we did a year-in-review of the top criminal justice and city politics stories in 2017. Joining host Don Marsh for the discussion was St. Louis Public Radio reporter Rachel Lippmann.
Lippmann said an important story in her beat was the election of Mayor Lyda Krewson.
“She is the first woman mayor in the history of the City of St. Louis … [and that] has led to some changes even within the criminal justice area,” Lippmann said.
Lippmann said the protests following the Stockley verdict were another important story since they challenged Mayor Krewson and the community as a whole. The ACLU filed a lawsuit stating the police’s tactics were unconstitutional.
“I think given the current political climate and the current head of the Department of Justice, this ACLU lawsuit may end up having the greater impact,” she said.
Other top criminal justice and city politics stories:
- The search is on for a new St. Louis police chief, and everybody has a wish list
- Louis voters approve half-cent sales tax hike funding police and firefighter raises
- Federal government opens civil rights investigation into St. Louis police
- Men under 29 most likely to be shot or to shoot in St. Louis; leaders say jobs, education can fix it
- Louis police officer Jason Stockley ruled not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith
- Louis' Confederate Memorial to come down after city, Civil War Museum settle lawsuit
- As a homeless shelter closes, residents are sent to city-run warehouse
- On the Trail: Why a bid to publicly fund a soccer stadium faltered in St. Louis
Listen for their full discussion and analysis here:
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