I am asking Missouri citizens to vote no on Prop A on November 6th.
Currently four St. Louis city citizens are appointed by the Governor, along with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay to serve on the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners. A no vote would allow citizen commissioners to continue to hire, fire and establish rules for St. Louis city police officers. Under the Prop A proposal citizens would lose their ability to administer the police department, which would revert to the mayor and his city democratic political machine.
This statewide vote was financed by Rex Sinquefield and his powerful lobbyists who, in order to achieve the support of all factions, made a back door collective bargaining agreement between the St. Louis Police Board, Mayor Slay and The Police Officer’s Association (union). The police union has always been against local control and did not switch positions until they were granted collective bargaining with binding arbitration and the enforcement of “Fair Share”. Fair Share is the forced collection of dues from non members of the union.
There are three labor organizations in the St. Louis police Department, The Ethical Society of Police (African American officers), Leadership Organization (supervisors), and the SLPOA (union). Fair Share is designed to stifle competition. I was president of the union for six years and did not support fair share because competition makes a leader more responsive to the needs of the membership. The local control issue has enabled the union to be bullies, as they extract union dues from non members and expelled me from the union for practicing free speech against Prop A.
The St. Louis Police Pension Fund has 600 million in cash assets and Mayor Francis Slay switched his stance on local control, and seeks that money to finance pet projects like Aerotropolis, the Cardinals Ballpark Village and a retractable dome for the St. Louis Rams. Recently Mayor Slay paid the law firm Thompson Coburn a no bid contract $250,000.00 to administer a policy to circumvent payments to the St. Louis Firemen Pension Fund. In return Thompson Coburn contributed $40,000.00 to Mayor Slay’s campaign committee. This type of corruption should not be used for the purchase of police equipment or weaponry in the future.
The following are against Prop A:
Tea Party groups:
- St. Louis Tea Party
- K and N Patriots
- Jefferson County Tea Party
- St. Louis City Central Committee
- St. Louis County Central Committee
- Jefferson County Republican Club
- Concord Village/Lemay Township
- Meramec Township
- Gravois Township
- Tesson Ferry Township
- Lewis and Clark Township
- Northwest Township
- Airport Township
- Wild Horse Township.
- St. Louis Police Leadership Organization (supervisors)
- Ethical Society of Police (African-American police)
- SPVA (retired police officers)
- SLAPO (retired African- American Officers)
- ACLU of the Eastern District of Missouri.
If you support citizens administering their own police department and not run by a corrupt union and democratic political machine then please vote NO on Prop A on November 6th.
32 year police officer
Past President of the St. Louis Police Officers Association
Capitol Consultant St. Louis Tea Party