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.
Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association (left), and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay sign petitions to let voters decide whether St. Louis should control its own police department.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and the St. Louis Police Officers Association are throwing their support behind a voter's initiative proposal that would give St. Louis direct control of its police department.
The Safer Missouri Citizens Coalition is seeking 100,000 signatures by May sixth to put the proposal on this November's ballot. Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers' Association, said opponents who argue the bill would limit public oversight and access to records are misleading the public.
Updated 3:50 p.m.with comments from U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan.
Updated 12 p.m. on Thursday with comments from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
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