ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Some St. Louis aldermen are scratching their heads over Mayor Slay’s announcement that he wants to shift money from the corrections budget to the police budget to fight violent crime.
Alderman Antonio French says Slay is taking credit for a plan others proposed months ago, and he initially rejected.
“Back in April, President Reed suggested moving money from an inflated budget over in corrections over to the police to retain some of those officers,” French said. “The Mayor, at that time, was adamant against that so for him to come a couple of months later and say, ‘Hey, I got an idea’ is interesting.”
Slay said Thursday he wants to transfer $300,000 from corrections to expand hot-spot policing.
Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr. echoed French’s confusion.
“He may have an idea that he took from somebody else’s idea, somebody else’s statement,” Bosley said. “All at once he said ‘Oh, I got an idea of how it is I can make something better that people are complaining about.'”
Mayor Slay’s Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford responded that Slay did not steal anybody’s idea. Rainford says Slay came up with the idea on his own recently to expand the hot-spot policing, a program that he says was still under study back in April.
Rainford was asked about the similarity between both Reed in April and Slay in September wanting to transfer money from corrections to the police department.
“Where the money came from is innocuous, ” Rainford said.