We went out on the streets in University City to talk to regular people. University City is urbanized, but it is actually a place like where you and I live in that they have local control of their police department. Something that we take for granted, but could be taken away by the state at any time they desire to assert their authority.
We ask folks on the street about whether they thought the state should control the St Louis City Police Department or whether the citizens of St Louis should control it through their elected officials. We will likely do more of these across the state, but I’m confident, based on our members’ responses, that people all over the state understand that local control is better than state control!