Rebecca Rivas | Missouri Independent
Rebecca Rivas covers civil rights, criminal justice and immigration for the Missouri Independent
As Kayla Reed and a new generation of local leaders saw each of their reform efforts fail to curb police violence in the St. Louis area, they soon realized that what they really had to overcome was the police union’s political force in local elections.
It’s been more than six years since Michael Brown’s killing made St. Louis the epicenter of the most promising civil rights movement since the 1960s. Yet despite stacks of studies and seemingly unprecedented public support for change, St. Louis has not seen a single substantive victory for police reform, thanks in large part to an influential police union and a larger police apparatus that has stymied accountability.
The bill would also restrict how much municipalities can reduce police department budgets and it would establish a fund for officers who have experienced trauma.
To address the ‘historic’ high call volume, the federal government has given Missouri permission to suspend recertification interviews to receive food stamps.