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Commentary: The killing speeds

Apr 29, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 29, 2010 - The driving habits of the local police have lately become the subject of intense media scrutiny. Given the recent spate of bad news involving cops and cars, this development is understandable.

On Oct. 6, 2009, the patrol car driven by Officer Julius Moore was crushed between a tractor-trailer and a building at the Anheuser-Busch brewery on South Broadway. He was responding to a call for a burglary in progress in the area and died of his injuries nine days later.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 14, 2010 - It is hardly newsworthy when I disagree with a Post-Dispatch editorial. This happens virtually every time the paper goes to press.

The editorial board routinely weighs in on the best ways to wage war, preserve the peace, stimulate the economy, reform health care, protect the environment, conduct scientific research, educate the young and enforce the law. Apparently, the only human enterprise its members have yet to master is how to maintain a large profit by publishing a daily newspaper.

Commentary: For city control of the police department

Feb 27, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 27, 2010 - House Bill 1601 would put control of the St. Louis Police Department where it belongs: with the citizens of St. Louis. This issue is of deep concern to me and I have cosponsored similar legislation every year I have served the people of my district in the Missouri House of Representatives.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 26, 2010 - The debate about governing the city of St. Louis' police department is all about power but is more complicated than simply state versus local control. What began a century and a half ago as a Civil War gambit to shift the city's militia from Union sympathizers in city government to Confederate allies in Jefferson City has spread into several political sand boxes. The interests in play include the executive and legislative branches at both levels as well as the police officers themselves.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 16, 2010 - Listeners crowded the room and spilled into the hallway to hear arguments that most have heard many times before.

At issue: After 150 years, should the state of Missouri retain control of the St. Louis police department or return it to City Hall?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 3, 2009 - Legend has it that mob boss Sam Giancana was once walking with an associate who had just received a subpoena to appear before the grand jury. While discussing the possibility of the latter man testifying, they happened upon a fish market, in front of which the-catch-of-the-day was proudly displayed on a bed of crushed ice. Giancana reportedly paused and remarked to his acquaintance, "See that fish? He'd be alive today if he'd kept his f___ing mouth shut."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 6, 2008 - Unless you spent the last month patrolling the Bering Sea with the Russian submarine service, you've no doubt heard about the towing company scandal involving the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Though there's probably fire beneath all the smoke, this case doesn't quite measure up when compared to classic and current reports of big-city police corruption elsewhere.