St. Louis is battling with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon over control of the St. Louis Police Department. St. Louis leaders blasted Jay Nixon yesterday after he said local control of the police department could lead to political meddling in law enforcement, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The governor hadn’t taken a public position on a bill that would take control from a board he controls and give it to the city.
At a lunch with reporters, Nixon repeated criticism of the proposal from the St. Louis Police Officers Association. He said he is “concerned” that “you would see day-to-day management of law enforcement, direct decisions made in precincts, made in arrests, made in cases  with political overtones.” Jeff Rainford, chief of staff to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, said that if Nixon were consitent, other Missouri cities should expect state control over their police. Reed went a step further and said the real political meddling is taking place under the current system, in which the governor appoints the Board of Police Commissioners.