St.Louis mayor pledges to defund police, shut down city jail despite city having the worst murder rate in the country

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ST.LOUIS, MO- According to a recent report from Fox News, right now St. Louis has the worst-in-country murder rate, which is at a 50-year high, the police department has nearly 100 unfilled jobs, and the mayor wants to defund the police department and shut down a city jail.

In April, Tishaura Jones became the city’s first black female mayor and had campaigned on a promise to enact “progressive” criminal justice reforms. Within one month of her being mayor, the head of the city’s department of correction, Dan Glass, announced his resignation.

When Jones announced his resignation, she stated that she had not requested to step down, but made it extremely clear that she was not satisfied with how he ran things. The announcement from Jones, said in part:

“Failed leadership overseeing the City’s Corrections division has left the City with a huge mess to clean up. Between failing locks, lackluster maintenance, and subhuman conditions for the detainees under our care, it only further justifies my promise to shut down the Workhouse within my first 100 days.”

Jones added:

“We look forward to bringing in 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.”

According to the data, St. Louis had 87 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2020, which is the worse rate in the entire country. It is not at it’s highest rate in 50 years, even as the population of the city dwindled in the same time period.

Some city officials are blaming the spike in violence on the COVID-19 pandemic, which would follow the national trend. However, St. Louis also led the country before COVID-19 in homicides with 65 homicides per 100,000 in 2019.

For comparison, Baltimore saw the second-worst rate and also its highest on record in 2019 with 57 per 100,000. Interim City of St. Louis Director of Public Safety Daniel Isom explained the mayor’s “plan” in the following way:

“Funding a comprehensive approach to violent crime is the best approach to reducing murders. This requires both police and partnering agencies adequately funded to support victims and hold offenders accountable. It also requires target arrest and prosecutions to get murderers and shooters off the streets and not filling jails with nonviolence offenders.”

Jones reportedly told the UK newspaper, The Telegraph that “more police doesn’t prevent crime.” She told the media outlet:

“We still have two separate police unions, one for black police officers and one for white officers. If they can’t trust each other, then how can they expect the public to trust them?”

The mayor’s current proposal to slash funds from the St. Louis police would redirect that money to social programs, an idea that she repeatedly embraced on the campaign trail. She claims that as many as half of city police calls can be “handled” by someone other than a law enforcement officer.

A proposed city budget for next year, which Jones announced in April, would cut $4 million from the police department and reallocate those funds to an affordable housing fund, victim support services, the city’s Department of Health and Human Services, and the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency.

The proposal also calls for the city to eliminate nearly 100 vacant police positions. No current officers would be laid off. The budget also contains zero funding for the city’s medium-security jail, known as “The Workhouse.” Jones said in a statement:

“We don’t need two jails. We need to move people through the system. We need to find alternatives to jails for some of the offenses.”

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Revealed: As St. Louis moves to defund the police, far-left mayor has doubled her police security detail

May 16th, 2021

ST. LOUIS, MO- You’ve gotta love hypocrisy. Nobody is better at being hypocrites than Democratic politicians. Look at Congress. They want to defund the police, while at the same time remaining silent on any such proposal for U.S. Capitol police.

Now we’re learning that in yet another American city where they are cutting back on police officers, the mayor has added officers to their security detail, this time in St. Louis.

KMOV-4 reported that Mayor Tishaura Jones, as is typical for leaders in major cities has a security detail provided by the police department. Typically, officers pick them up at home, drive them to and from the office, and in many cases escort them to public events.

They are not, however typically at the beck and call of political leaders for routine day-to-day personal activity.

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In fact, former St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson had two police officers assigned to her security detail. That number, however, was apparently not enough for Jones, who must be really important. When she took office, she doubled her detail to four officers, according to a spokesperson for the police union.

The outlet reported that a second source also confirmed that the number of officers in her detail had increased, however the police department refused to provide an official exact number, refusing to even divulge why they wouldn’t release the number.

Oh, we’re sure they would say something about “security concerns,” but in fact it’s probably because it’s an embarrassing number.

KMOV said they also reached out to Jones’ office, where a spokesperson said:

“We cannot provide much information for security reasons, however the staffing for the mayor’s security is based upon recommendations provided to our office before inauguration.”

KMOV said they reached out to other cities, such as Kansas City to see what their security detail for the mayor encompassed. They confirmed they have only two officers assigned to the full-time security detail for KC mayor Quinton Lucas.

Meanwhile, St. Louis County police said only two officers are assigned to County Executive Sam Page. So, Jones must be really important…or people don’t like her much.

In addition to the city leaders, Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a far-left radical helped into office courtesy of George Soros’ deep pockets said she has been a victim of threats, which she attributed to her race (of course).

It probably has nothing to do with the fact that she’s pretty much a useless hack who has basically turned the criminal justice system in the circuit into a revolving door.

Gardner said she has been “sent emails that said I should be hung up in a tree by the KKK.” Typically, the circuit attorney has not received police assigned to them, but rather investigators within the office.

KMOV said they reached out to Jones’ office to see if she had been subject to any type of threats which required the doubling of her security detail, but her spokesperson didn’t answer that request.

Of course, typical for especially a liberal politician, what’s “good for thee is not good enough for me.”

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, late last month Jones announced support for a plan that would defund the St. Louis Police Department in the amount of $4 million. Under that scheme, the money would be redirected to items such as affordable housing, homeless services, a victims’ rights program and to fund civil rights litigators.

The department, which currently has vacancies for 98 officers would see those positions left unfilled, the Post-Dispatch reported.

The cuts to the department involve over $3 million in salary and benefits which would be allocated among six lieutenants, 25 sergeants and 67 patrol officers. Jones claims those positions have been vacant for 12 years.

Ironically, the money which would have funded those positions has been directed toward police overtime. According to documents provided to the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, the police department exceeds their overtime budget by an average of $4.3 million every year over the past nine years, the Post-Dispatch said.

Jones claims the cuts won’t have any impact on active-duty officers and said they had maintained about 50 vacant positions in order to accommodate a police academy class consisting of 40 recruits, which is currently in progress.

That won’t ease the manpower crunch within the department however, as there is currently a shortfall of 160 officers from the budgeted strength of 1,349 sworn personnel, the Post-Dispatch said.

According to city budget director Paul Payne, the department “will need to reduce actual overtime because they will not have that leeway to spend going forward.”

Much of the spike in overtime especially over the past year has been attributed to social unrest within the city, Payne said.

St. Louis police chief John Hayden says the budget cuts won’t affect the effectiveness of the agency.

‘Somebody might say, ‘How does that affect your current operations?’” Hayden said. “It actually wouldn’t affect current operations at all because they’re people that I don’t have.”

Hayden did say that he has been trying to get the positions filled, and that he had even worked toward having the Missouri state legislature repeal a residency requirement for officers.

“We desperately need more officers, and we need them now,” he told state legislators.

Eventually Missouri’s governor, Mike Parson signed a bill last fall that suspended the residency requirement for police and firefighters through 2023, however that didn’t help the situation in St. Louis. The department has lost an additional 20 officers since then.

Adding to the difficulty, Hayden said, was the coronavirus pandemic, which ended up canceling one of the three scheduled academy classes in the past year, the Post-Dispatch reported.

That’s ok though. Jones has her four officers because she’s particularly important. Apparently.

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Last month, Law Enforcement Today reported on the money being spent by the far-left “squad” for their security, even as they parrot calls to defund the police. For more on that, we invite you to:

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WASHINGTON, DC- You’ve got to love leftist hypocrisy.

From Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter buying millions of dollars of real estate in primarily white neighborhoods to Nancy Pelosi having an eight-foot fence with concertina wire on top to “protect” the U.S. Capitol, their chutzpah knows no bounds.

Now we’re finding out that the members of the neo-Marxist “squad”, who have been calling for police to be defunded themselves pay tens of thousands of dollars on private security…for themselves.

The Daily Caller reports that Federal Election Commission records reviewed by them shows the level of hypocrisy shown by several of the squad members.

The reports the Daily Caller reviewed showed that Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Cori Bush (MO) all spent thousands of dollars out of campaign funds on their own security.

One such hypocrite, “affectionately” known as AOC last year sharply criticized a decision by New York City to cut the NYPD budget by $1 billion, complaining it did not go far enough.

“Defunding police means defunding police,” the former bartender said in a statement.

“It does not mean budget tricks of funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Educations’ budget, so the exact same police remain in schools.”

Ocasio-Cortez had claimed in a 2020 Instagram live that the entire country would look just like the peaceful suburbs if only we could get rid of police. That of course is absurd on its face.

“Affluent white communities live in a world where they choose to fund youth, health, housing, etc. more than they fund the police,” she said at the time.

The absurdity of that statement clearly doesn’t take into account that crime rates are much lower in the suburbs, therefore the need for less police. Clearly her economics major didn’t include any classes in common sense.

Here is what the Daily Caller found about Ocasio-Cortez:

  • In January, February and March 2021, Ocasio-Cortez spent $3,000 a month on a security consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. Records show she spent $9,000 for three months of security consulting.
  • On Jan. 25, 2021, she spent $24,279.13 on “security.”
  • On Jan 19, 2021, she spent $3,986.60 on “security services.”
  • On Feb. 2, 2021, she spent $849.22 on “security services.”
  • On Feb. 25, 2021, she spent $1552.50 at 24&7 Security & Investigations, Inc., which her office claimed was for a “security detail in Houston.”

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And what of resident anti-Semite Ilhan Omar, who never seems to have a problem playing fast and loose with funds?

  • On Jan. 20, 2021, Omar spent $66.97 on “Security Services” (a bargain!)
  • On Jan. 29, 2021, Omar spent $202.70 on “Security Services”
  • On Feb. 19, 2021 she spent another $66.97 on “Security Services.”
  • On Feb. 26, 2021 Omar spent $2,700 on “Security Services.”
  • On March 16, 2021, Omar spent another $66.97 on “Security Services.”

In an appearance on CNN in June of last year, Omar was asked about defunding the police, to which she claimed the system cannot be reformed.

“You can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root. What you can do is rebuild,” Omar said. “No one is saying crimes will not be investigated.”

She continued, “What we are saying is the current infrastructure that exists as policing in our city should not exist anymore, and we can’t go about creating a different process with the same infrastructure in place.”

Pressley, who might want to invest some of her security money in a wig and someone who is another anti-police zealot spent $4,186.75 on “Security Services” according to her April quarterly 2021 filing:

  • On Jan. 26, 2021, Pressley spent $1,292.00 while home in Massachusetts.
  • On Jan. 27, 2021, Pressley spent $1,167.50 for security in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • On March 4, 2021, Pressley spent $675.25 on ADT security, based in Boca Raton, Florida.
  • Five days later, on March 9, 2021, she spent $252.00 again in Massachusetts.
  • On March 19, 2021, Pressley spent $700.00 for a Washington, D.C.-based security company, LGC Security LLC.

Pressley, in an interview with TIME last June said she is a supporter of defunding police departments, claiming it is “about the investment in our communities which have historically been divested from.”

Then there is freshman Cori Bush of St. Louis, who strongly advocates defunding police. She spent over $30,000 for her own security according to her April Quarterly 2021 financial report:

  • On Jan. 18, 2021, Bush spent $1,060.00 on security provided from Whole Armor Executive Protection in Bowie, Maryland.
  • On Jan. 21, 2021, Bush spent $5,000 on security from Nathaniel Davis, Jr. in her home state of Missouri.
  • On Jan. 25, 2021 Bush spent $530.00 on security again from Davis, this time in Palo Alto, California.
  • On Feb. 17, 2021, Bush spent $7743.75 on security from RS&T Security Counseling LLC in New York City.
  • On Feb. 25, 2021, Bush spent $5,000 on security from Sandler, Reiff, Lamb, Rosenstein & Birk in Washington, D.C.
  • On Feb. 26, 2021, Bush spent $5,812.00 on security again from RS&T Security Counseling, LLC in New York City.
  • On March 15, 2021, she spent $5,000 on security from Nathaniel Davis in her hometown of St. Louis.
  • Again on March 15, 2020, Bush spent $2,456.25 on security from RS&T Security Consulting , LLC. In New York City.

In December 2020, Bush sent out a tweet criticizing former President Barack Obama for his refusal to call for defunding of police.

“With all due respect, Mr. President—let’s talk about losing people. We lost Michael Brown Jr. We lost Breonna Taylor. We’re losing our loved ones to police violence. It’s not a slogan. It’s a mandate for keeping our people alive. Defund the police,” she said in a tweet.

Yes, she actually mentioned Michael Brown.

The Daily Caller said they reached out to all four “squad” members about the large expenditures for security, none of whom responded.

The outlet also reached out to a number of the security companies listed, however they could only confirm they provided armed security, but were unable to comment on the nature of services provided to the four neo-Marxist congresswomen.

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