Both sides of the debate on how St. Louis would handle local control of its police department are digging in their heels over issues of public oversight and transparency.
At a Board of Alderman community forum last night, critics argued that language on a proposed ballot initiative would preclude the department from a civilian review board and restrict public access to disciplinary records.
John Chasnoff is a program director for the ACLU, which supports local control but is suing to block the initiative.
A Missouri judge has struck down the State Auditor's authority to prepare financial estimates for ballot initiatives.
The ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem comes in a challenge to a proposed tobacco tax initiative for which supporters are not gathering signatures. But attorneys who specialize in initiative petitions say the ruling ultimately could affect other initiatives.