Alderman Brandon Bosley wants to call in the Army and put tanks on every corner

In a story by the St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis Alderman Brandon Bosley has introduced inflammatory rhetoric that appears to threaten the very citizens he serves.

He also clearly doesn’t understand the role of his own police force – or respect it – and doesn’t understand the qualifications of military intervention into the civilian population.

Then of course there’s the conflicting stance he’s taking as it would likely violate the Posse Comitatus Act.

In the interview, Bosley lashed out, perhaps escalating the theatrics of his position.

“I’m done waiting,” said Alderman Brandon Bosley of the 3rd Ward. “Before it gets too bad, we need to do something measurable. Extra hands. Extra guns. Guns bigger than the ones on the street.”

St. Louis Alderman, Brandon Bosley, Ward 3, shares his disapproval of Better Together’s plan to merge St. Louis County and city at a town hall meeting hosted by Senator Jamilah Nasheed on Feb. 11, 2019, at the Emerson Performance Center at Harris-Stowe State University.   

Bosley said he and the city Board of Aldermen’s black caucus had been talking for weeks about petitioning Gov. Mike Parson. He said he hoped to persuade the board to pass a resolution calling on Parson to send troops to the worst city neighborhoods.

“We’re going to have tanks on every damn corner,” Bosley said. “These people have to know we’re not playing anymore.”

For reference, the Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385, original at 20 Stat. 152) signed on June 18, 1878, by President Rutherford B. Hayes.

The purpose of the act – in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807 – is to limit the powers of the federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies within the United States. 

The mayor didn’t share Bosley’s position, it appears.

From the Post-Dispatch: 

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson declined to address Bosley’s plea. “Guns are too often used to settle differences,” Krewson said in a statement.

Let’s back up a few notches to see where the problem originated.

Bosley has routinely led marches en masse against the St. Louis police every single time there was an officer-involved shooting, blaming place for over-reaching their authority and “going out on a racist hunt to kill young black men.” 

Bosley continually showed a strong lack of respect to the police department, shunning opportunities to have round-table discussions and conferences with police leadership.

Additionally, Bosley obviously doesn’t understand the Posse Comitatus Act, yet uses the idea of military intervention as a sword or “smart bomb” against the very citizens he was protesting with when leading near-riots against the police. 

Mr. Bosley, you just can’t have it both ways.

Unless a Federal exception is made essentially declaring martial law, you certainly can’t “have tanks on every damn [sic] corner,” even if you want “those people” to “know we’re not playing anymore.” 

“Those people” must be the citizens Mr. Bosley, and the St. Louis police department serves.

If people like Mr. Bosley and the other city council members had worked together with police, perhaps they wouldn’t have rampant crime in the streets. 

Instead, they’ve vilified the police and demanded much less of a police presence in several neighborhoods and areas, and in those places, crime has skyrocketed. 

Members of St. Louis PD are leaving the municipality in droves, likely looking for jobs where they’re appreciated and can make a difference.

People like Mr. Bosley don’t realize the power they truly hold.  They just want to condemn the police and play the victim and race cards. 

If Mr. Bosley, along with a large group of other leaders like members of the clergy, business owners, fathers, mothers, teachers, and everyday citizens got together and put as much energy into running criminals out of their neighborhoods as they did protesting law enforcement shooting some career criminal… there’s a good chance no one would be calling for reinforcements.