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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

State Rep Jamilah Nasheed: Governor's Control of STL City Police "Built on Evil and Hatred"

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State Rep Jamilah Nasheed: Big supporter of the local police control ballot initiave - PHOTO BY JENNIFER SILVERBERG
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  • State Rep Jamilah Nasheed: Big supporter of the local police control ballot initiave
This November, Missourians will decide whether to release St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department from state control -- a vestige of Civil War politics -- and allow the city to oversee its own cops. 

Few people have wanted this more than State Representative Jamilah Nasheed of the 60th district, who has tried twice to get it done legislatively in Jefferson City to no avail. Now that it's going directly to voters, she supports it -- with a small caveat. 



We caught up with her briefly on the phone last Friday.

Daily RFT: Is this ballot measure the same as your two bills?

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Rep. Jamilah Nasheed: The language is a tad different, because you have a provision that seals records. It's harder to get certain personnel and discipline records with a Sunshine Law Request made to the police department. 

From what I've heard about it, I'm not in support of that. But I do think we shouldn't throw the baby out with the bath water.

This is as close as we've ever gotten to local control for St. Louis.

The ACLU of Eastern Missouri clearly thinks that's a reckless position. They're telling citizens to vote "no" until there's some guarantee of openness with the records, and until there's some kind of public oversight, like a civilian review board.

You have to understand activists. I do, because I used to be one.

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