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The murder rate in St. Louis, Mo., which was already the worst in the nation, reached a 50-year high in 2020 with 87 homicides per 100,000 residents.
So the logical thing to do would be to defund the police department and shut down a city jail.
That’s according to St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, who became the city’s first black female mayor last month. She campaigned on a promise to enact progressive criminal justice reforms and proposed a budget last month that would close a city jail, divert $4 million from police to social programs and cut nearly 100 police jobs, according to Fox News .
The progressive Democrat’s budget proposal for next year “would cut $4 million from the police department and reallocate the funds to an affordable housing fund, victim support services, the city’s Department of Health and Human Services and Civil Rights Enforcement Agency, which investigates housing, equal employment and public accommodation complaints,” the network reported.
And with the The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department having nearly 100 unfilled police jobs, Jones is looking to eliminate the vacant positions — current officers would not be laid off.
The city’s black corrections department commissioner offered his resignation and in making the announcement last week, Jones said she didn’t ask him to step down but cited inhumane conditions for detainees, among other things, to make it clear she was happy with the move. Corrections Commissioner Dale Glass will be resigning from his position as of June 1. Read our full statement below, or see the full text on the City’s website: https://t.co/67Hw5CgDcf pic.twitter.com/jFnOlHMY2R — Mayor Tishaura O. Jones (@saintlouismayor) May 12, 2021 “Failed leadership overseeing the City’s Corrections division has left the City with a huge mess to clean up,” Jones said. “We look forward to bringing effective leadership into the Corrections division that can account for these issues and raise the bar on effective management and oversight of the City Justice Center.”
The city just elected a Black Lives Matter organizer to represent them in Congress.
U.S. Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., reportedly a practicing faith healer trained to heal AIDS and cancer, denounced the […]