High ranking Republicans join calls for Saint Louis local control
MDN Menu
MDN.ORG Mo. Digital News Missouri Digital News MDN.ORG: Mo. Digital News MDN.ORG: Missouri Digital News

High ranking Republicans join calls for Saint Louis local control

Date: September 12, 2012
By: Andrew Weil
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
As Democrats and Republicans take on partisan issues during the legislative veto session...some leading Republicans come forward to support local control.
RunTime:  0:40
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: A handful of high-ranking Missouri Republicans including Senate Majority Floor leader Tom Dempsey and Senator Kevin Engler joined Democratic Saint Louis City Representative Jamilah Nasheed in support of local control for the Saint Louis Police Department.

Engler, who's finishing up his last term in the Senate, says they've bent over backward to make sure local control wouldn't affect police officers retirement and other problems previously brought up...

Actuality:  ENGLER.WAV
Run Time:  00:04
Description: "Being a former mayor, it would be ridiculous not to control your police department."

Another Republican, Southwest Missouri Representative Shane Schoeller says local control is just common sense.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

Intro: 
A Saint Louis City issue being pushed mainly by Democrats is getting some support from one of the state's highest ranking Republicans.
RunTime:  0:38
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: During Missouri's veto session, Republican Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey joined a bi-partisan group of legislators calling for local control of the Saint Louis Police Department.

During the press conference, Dempsey discussed how he used to serve on a House committee in jefferson city that dealt with local police issues from back in Saint lousi.

Actuality:  DEMPSEY.WAV
Run Time:  00:09
Description: "To watch people drive 140 miles to petition government for changes, I thought, was not good government."

Dempsey also says he hopes Missouri vote to approve local control in the upcoming election.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

Intro: 
A Saint Louis City Representative is renewing the call for local control of the St. Louis police.
RunTime:  0:48
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: A handful of bipartisan legislators joined Democratic Saint Louis City Representative Jamilah Nasheed in a call to action for local control of the Saint Louis Police Department.

Missourians will have a chance to vote on the plan, when it appears as PROPOSITION A during November's election.

And Nasheed says this is the best way to bring local control back to the city...

Actuality:  NASHEED.WAV
Run Time:  00:14
Description: "We're here telling the citizens throughout the state of Missouri that we can not do it without you, that we need your help in November, get out to the polls and let's make this a reality."

Republican Saint Louis County Representative Gary Fuhr and Democratic Saint Louis County Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal both refused to comment on local control.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

Intro: 
As legislators talk vetos...a Democratic Saint Louis City Representative is looking to November to get local control.
RunTime:  0:33
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap:

Actuality:  NASHEED3.WAV
Run Time:  00:07
Description: "This may sound like a Republican cliche, let the people decide, I truly believe the people should decide this one."

That was Democratic Saint Louis City Representative Jamilah Nasheed talking about local control for the Saint Louis Police Department.

Voters will get to decide in November whether Saint Louis should take over control of its police department...which is currently controlled by the state.

Saint Louis and Kansas City Police Departments are the only ones in the country not controlled by the city.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

Intro: 
Saint Louis City Representative Jamilah Nasheed is asking voters to change what she says is a 'civil war era system' of state control of the Saint Louis Police Department.
RunTime:  0:44
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Nasheed joined a handful of bipartisan legislators during the state's veto session to show support for local control of the Saint Louis Police Department.

Actuality:  NASHEED4.WAV
Run Time:  00:16
Description: "The city of Saint Louis spends over $144 million on public safety, but guess what we have no control over the police department. If we pay for it, we should control it."

Republican Saint Louis County Representative Gary Fuhr and Democratic Saint Louis County Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal both refused to comment on the local control issue.

Missourians will get to decide as part of the November election if Saint Louis should get local control.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.


Missouri Digital News is produced by Missouri Digital News, Inc. -- a non profit organization of current and former journalists.