Mayor Slay testifying Wednesday in Jefferson City about local police control
By Bryce Moore
(KMOV)-- St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will testify Wednesday on whether the city’s police should control its own police force.
Mayor Slay traveled to Jefferson City to speak in front of a senate committee.
The St. Louis Police Officers’ Association has come out against local control.
They say local politics will interfere with running the department.
Officers are also concerned about their pensions and say local control is a money grab the city of St. Louis.
News 4 asked Mayor Slay about this, to which he said:
“They’re concerned that there’s going to be some kind of grab on the pensions. That’s not going to happen. Part of the bill is very clear… bills that have been filed in Jefferson City that would preclude that from even happening.”
Last fall, about 69 percent of city residents voted to approve Proposition L, which calls for local control of the police department.