St. Louis police force hopes to eliminate state oversight on the November ballot
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St. Louis police force hopes to eliminate state oversight on the November ballot

Date: October 2, 2012
By: Katie Kreider
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 535

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Missouri voters will decide the fate of the St. Louis police force in November.
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Wrap: The city of St. Louis has made efforts to gain local control of its police force for decades.

Missouri voters will decide this issue on the November ballot.

Supporters say local control will make police officers more responsive to citizens.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says a locally controlled police force will better serve citizens.

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Description: "We're looking for accountability, we're looking for efficiency, we're looking to save money and we're also looking to make a better department that is going to help reduce crime in our city as well."

On the other side, the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri says this will limit citizen input and deny them of a civilian review board.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Kreider.

Intro: 
Missouri voters will decide the fate of the St. Louis police force in November.
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Wrap: In November, voters will decide if St. Louis will control its own police force.

This is the first time the issue will appear on the ballot.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says this idea is not out of the ordinary.

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Description: "We're not asking for anything that's unusual of draconian or different than what any other city in the country has, and that's its own police department. When you look at it that way, it makes a lot of sense."

On the other side, the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri says the measure will limit citizen input.

Supporters say it will make police more responsive and will stifle crime rates.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Kreider.

Intro: 
Missourians will decide the fate of the St. Louis police force in November.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The issue of local control over the St. Louis police force will appear on the November ballot.

The represents a compromise involving the St. Louis Police Officers Association and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

A spokesperson for one of groups involved says the measure reflects the interests of St. Louis police..

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Description: "We basically talked to the police about what's important to them, and that includes their collective bargaining rights, it includes protection of their pension, protection of their health care benefits and it also protects them from any political retaliation."

On the other side, the ACLU of Eastern Missouri says the ballot measure will limit citizen input.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Kreider.

Intro: 
Missouri voters will decide the fate of the St. Louis police force in November.
RunTime:  0:40
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The issue of local control over the St. Louis police force will appear on the November ballot.

The measure addresses the protection of pension plans and from political meddling.

ACLU of Eastern Missouri Program Director John Chasnoff says the measure will limit citizen input.

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Description: "This particular ballot initiative has a language in it which we believe hampers citizen input and transparency of police records. And we don't think that we should have to give up those things in order to achieve local control."
 
On the other side, the St. Louis Police Officers Association says St. Louis police should have local control.
 
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Kreider.


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