Some aldermen say they want panel members who don’t have a bias – for or against – the police.
Former Mayor Jeff Schlink called it a premature move.
At times during the two-hour hearing, Dotson admitted the obvious – that the crime rate in St. Louis has outpaced the ability of the existing police force to keep up.
“You’re wanting TIF money from us right now, based on an evolving plan? Would you sign a black mortgage? Because I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t.”
The new board will have oversight in St. Louis city only and will have no say in nearby Ferguson.
Bill perfected in voice vote, final passage expected Monday.
Resident Paula Balew says plans have been kept secret, and residents are concerned.
The Aldermanic Public Safety Committee did not take testimony from the crowd, and police union official Jeff Roorda was not in attendance.
Downtown STL Inc.’s Missy Kelley says she supports the plan to bring in the Highway Patrol to help reduce crime downtown, but it’s getting mixed reaction from the Board of Aldermen.
Protestors say one woman was shoved by the Business Manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association.