ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s financing bill for a new NFL stadium isn’t in the end zone yet, with some aldermen still vowing to block it until the mayor gives them more police.
“We still remain firm,” said Alderman Antonio French. “We need to get this done before a stadium vote.”
French and other aldermen on the Ways and Means Committee have held a series of meetings with the mayor, seeking more police officers in the city’s most deadly neighborhoods.
“The points that we have not yet come to an agreement on yet is the need for targeting resources in those neighborhoods – north and south – that over the last decade have seen the majority of violence,” French said. “So it’s not just what we do as a city, it’s what we do in those targeted neighborhoods that will reduce the homicide rate.”
Earlier this week, Slay told KMOX the talks include a discussion on increasing officers in some neighborhoods, but he did not elaborate on whether he plans to meet their requests.
Slay’s spokeswoman Maggie Crane has remarked that French and others are “politicizing crime.”
French was asked to respond to that concern.
“I would argue that they are politicizing the NFL’s private operation by coming in and asking for public money,” French said. “Anytime you come down and ask elected officials for money, it’s politics-involved.”
Hearings on the stadium financing package are expected in the Ways and Means Committee next week.
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