After protests in Ferguson flared up overnight, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson says he’s ready to use the riot gear that became a staple of the August demonstrations over Michael Brown’s death.
But Johnson said he’s not willing to place automatically a larger police presence on West Florissant Avenue, adding that he’s monitoring the situation on a “day-by-day” basis.
Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, said the county should have brought into a state of emergency -- would he said would have filled a "leadership vacuum" that occurred after the Ferguson unrest began.
Councilman Steve Stenger says St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley should have taken the county into a state of emergency at beginning of the unrest in Ferguson.
Stenger, the Democratic nominee for county executive, said that move would have allowed Dooley to temporarily take control of the St. Louis County Police Department – which he said could have avoided a “leadership vacuum” throughout August.
A state audit released today sharply criticizes the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) for spending $5.6 million on a new airplane.
According to the audit, the state of Missouri operated 23 aircraft prior to the purchase of the King Air 250. State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) says that included five passenger airplanes.
"There were 113 days in which none of the five existing planes flew, and there were no days in which all five of them flew," Schweich said. "So that leads to the question about why do you need to spend $5.6 million on a new plane?"
Missouri senators have confirmed Gov. Jay Nixon's appointee to a key administrative post, despite concerns about his role in approving the purchase of a new $5.6 million airplane.
The Senate on Monday signed off on the appointment of Doug Nelson as Commissioner of Administration.
Nelson had been scheduled for confirmation last week. But that was delayed after lawmakers learned Nelson — as Acting Administration Commissioner — had approved the purchase of the plane by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Colonel Ron Replogle told House budget writers that it was his idea to buy the $5.6 million aircraft. More than one committee member asked him about the quick timetable on the plane’s purchase, as the bid went out around December 6th and was awarded on the 17th. Replogle says Beechcraft was offering a discount on that particular King Air 250 because it was a year-old model.