Senator Opposing Local Control “Mentally Unstable”

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The state senator opposing legislation to grant local control of the St. Louis Police Department is suffering from mental problems and should step-down.

Those are the most recent attacks in the increasingly scandalous war of words between a coalition of local St. Louis leaders and University City-area State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who has pledged to kill the local control bill over concerns that it could lead to city aldermen gutting the police pension plan to defray budget shortfalls.

But Chappelle-Nadal’s rhetoric turned decidedly ugly — and some say racist — during an interview on radio station WGNU.

On the air, Chappelle-Nadal called St. Louis leaders in favor of local control “house slaves” following the lead of their “plantation owner,” Missouri billionaire Rex Sinquefield, who is helping to organize political support in Jefferson City.

Those comments on WGNU now have two prominent local African American political leaders speaking out against her.

State Representative Jamillah Nasheed – who sponsored the local control legislation in the Missouri House – did not mince words. “You know, I think that she is mentally unstable,” Nasheed said. “It was just really unfortunate that she had to take it to that level of racism. She needs to seek some help.”

And from St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed, a statement saying that Chappelle-Nadal should quit.

Police control was taken away in 1861, by pro-slavery lawmakers in Jefferson City, who wanted to make sure that Union supporters in St. Louis would not be able to make trouble for Confederate sympathizers or turn the weapons in the city’s armory against them.

(Copyright KMOX)

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  1. dj27 says:

    How much campaign money did Nasheed receive from Sinquefield?

  2. dj27 says:

    how much has Reed taken from Sinquefield

  3. HooDatIS? says:

    THEY NEED TO QUIT FIGHTING OVER POLICE CONTROL AND MAKE THE POLICE FIGHT THIS DAMN CRIME, I DONT WANNNA HEAR NO BS BOUT POLICE CONTROL WHEN NO ONE IS CONTROLLING THESE DAMN CRIMINALS….SAINT LOUIS IS THE WORST PLACE TO LIVE IN AMERICA……VISIT MY BLOG
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/untraditional-jobs-in-an-untraditional-economy/

  4. ehevans says:

    No one was identified during the interview. Ms Nasheed & Mr. Reed brought public attention on themselves. Why? Mr. Sinquefield’s history sets off alarms & calls for scrutiny by many over anything that attracts his interest/support. The campaign to repeal the city’s earnings tax is just one of his crackpot schemes. He is a generous contributor to pols in our area and some AA’s have been seen & heard boasting about their endless war chest. He may be personable & sincere but he’s our region’s Koch brother; his economic philosophy is deeply flawed & seductive. Hiis support for local control of STL’s police dept is the subject of suspicion among Progressive activists with the exception of those who enjoy his support on the down-low.

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