Check out this interesting blog post and video put together by Larry and Carl over at United For Missouri. It seems reasonable to me that the City of St. Louis should have control of their own police department. The state controls their police now and their police aren’t doing a great job fighting crime. But wait, it’s all about the cop pensions. Who cares if you get murdered?
Columbia’s own Citizen Police Review Board has agreed to hold a public meeting to discuss the local police policyon serving search warrants. In little ol’ Columbia, every search warrant is served by the SWAT team who kicks in the door wearing Kevlar ninja suits and swinging MP5 sub machine guns. That might be alright when searching for an armed murderer, but what about folks who are suspected of non-violent crimes? John Payne of the Show-Me Institute has already agreed to address the board. Getting Radley Balko here to talk to the board might be a game changer. If anything, the board members should all read Balko’s white paper on the use of SWAT, Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America.
Keep Columbia Free wholeheartedly endorses Mitch Richards as a candidate for Columbia’s First Ward City Council seat. Check out the local coverage of the first candidate forum of the season. The Missourian coverage seems to be a bit more in depth than The Tribune, but The Trib has been known post their stories early and update throughout the day.