Bill would give St. Louis control of its police

Monday, February 15, 2010 | 10:08 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — A Missouri lawmaker from St. Louis is pushing legislation to end state control of the city's Police Department.

The House Special Committee on Urban Issues scheduled a hearing Monday on the bill by Democratic Rep. Jamilah Nasheed.

For more than 140 years, a board appointed by Missouri's governor has overseen the metropolitan department in St. Louis.

Some police officers have raised concern about the possible effect of local control on their pensions. But Nasheed has said his goal is simply to give the city control of its own department.


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