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‘Defund the police’ signs lead to talks about policing with a new perspective

Protesters gathered at the intersection of Gravois and MacKenzie roads to support the Black Lives Matter movement June 6. Some protesters' signs, like that above, called for defunding the police.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 23, 2020

As protests have swept the country for the last month in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a growing movement to “defund the police” is gaining traction with some officials. The idea of defunding the police didn’t have mainstream support before the video capturing the death o...

Police union endorses Mark Mantovani in county executive race

Mark Mantovani talks with Amy Stuber of Creve Coeur and John Snodgrass of Richmond Heights at his watch party in August 2018 after absentee results came in. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 26, 2020

The St. Louis County Police Association is endorsing Mark Mantovani for county executive in the upcoming Democratic primary. The election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, with Mantovani and county Assessor Jake Zimmerman challenging County Executive Sam Page for the Democratic nod. “As a civic ...

Barton is county’s first female chief in history

Incoming Chief Lt. Col. Mary Barton

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 25, 2020

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners has chosen Capt. Mary Barton, who commands the West County Precinct, as the first female police chief in county history. Barton, who has 41 years of experience at the St. Louis County Police Department, will lead the department starting May 1, afte...

Trakas’ bill on Prop P provokes debate on what voters meant

6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas laughs after Stinson attorney Andrew Scavotto repeatedly refuses to answer questions posed by the Council pertaining to Stinson's clients during the Ethics Committee meeting July 24. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

March 18, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor  Legislation that would spend money from St. Louis County’s Proposition P sales tax on park rangers and snow plowing was meant to provoke a broader discussion on how the money should be spent, 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas said. ...

Bell’s Day 1 changes opposed by police

Wesley Bell, center, takes questions from reporters after being sworn in as St. Louis County Prosecutor on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Bell has already faced criticism for the decisions he made his first few days in office. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

January 9, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor  As promised, new St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell started making changes to the way the county treats crimes on his first day in office, gaining his first criticism in the process. On his second day in office and first off...

Call makes endorsements for next week’s elections

Call makes endorsements for next week’s elections

August 2, 2018

The Call offers the following endorsements for the election Tuesday, Aug. 7. You can read the Call's endorsement in the St. Louis County executive Democratic primary here. And last week, the Call urged voters to cast a "no" vote on the two amendments to the St. Louis County Charter that are on the ballot. To ...

Two Oakville residents vying to take over seat from term-limited Haefner

Two Oakville residents vying to take over seat from term-limited Haefner

July 18, 2018

By Jessica Belle Kramer For the Call Two Oakville residents are running in the Republican primary Tuesday, Aug. 7, to replace Rep. Marsha Haefner, R-Oakville, in the 95th District of the Missouri House. Michael O’Donnell and Joe Patterson are vying to take the place of Haefner, who is term-limited...

County Council weighs 2018 budget, rejects delaying police precincts

County Executive Steve Stenger announces higher police salaries June 22 along with St. Louis County Fraternal Order of Police President Joe Patterson, left, and police Chief Jon Belmar.

November 29, 2017

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter County Council members considered and rejected delaying two new police precincts promised under Proposition P so that they could give higher raises to employees. That is one of several juggling acts they are weighing for the $696 million county...

Reader agrees with Stenger on how Prop P funds should be spent

Letters to the editor

September 12, 2017

Letter to the Editor To the editor: Regarding St. Louis County’s Proposition P, we all wanted this for the right reasons. And at least our community felt it was long overdue. As with most things, you know in your heart what’s morally right, but there are always other factors that enter into y...

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