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NAACP and ACLU Warn Of Local Control Problems

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - There are problems with Proposition A, groups including the NAACP and ACLU allege, and they’re now telling people to vote against local control of the city police department this fall.

Jamala Rogers, spokesperson for “Citizens Against Prop A,” says part of the problem is that, in her opinion, Prop. A would allow the department to close off access to records.

As an example, she cites the case of World Series tickets, allegedly stolen from the police evidence room.

“We just got word that the prosecuting attorney can’t prosecute because there’s not enough information and that’s because the police department has refused to turn over all the documents,” Rogers said. “So her hands are tied. Those are the kinds of things that are going to come up again and it will be even worse.”

She says they want people to vote “no” this time around, and then try again with a bill that specifically includes open access to records and a civillian review board.

Supporters of Prop. A have noted that locally elected officials will be in charge of the department and can be held accountable.

St. Louis and Kansas City are the only two cities who don’t have local control of their police departments. This ballot measure is a compromise between various parties, including City Hall and the police officers’ union.

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