The state of Missouri is one step closer to taking control of the St.
Louis Metropolitan Police Department as a way to curb crime in the area.
The move has been met with mixed reactions, with some arguing that local governments have a better pulse on crime in their cities while others believe that state control could change the culture.
However, concerns have been raised about the risk of political influence and power.
Rising crime rates have been attributed to the pandemic, with some suggesting that things will return to pre-pandemic norms once the situation improves.
In the meantime, retired NYPD detective Michael Alcazar has emphasized the importance of supporting the police in order to make a big impact on crime.
The decision to disarm the St.
Louis Police Department and give control to a five-person panel appointed by the Republican governor is pending.