East St. Louis Lays Off Roughly One-Third of Police Force

Cities continue to shutdown basic services as the country spends billions abroad on two wars. Just a couple weeks after Oakland announced a plan to no longer respond to calls for such crimes as grand theft auto and burglary, East St. Louis is laying off roughly one-third of its police force as well as part of its fire department.


East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks announced that the city will layoff 19 of its 62 police officers and 11 firefighters.

One officer is quoted as saying that he will be the only officer on duty during the night shift.

There appears to be a complete disconnect from reality in Washington as Congress continues to gush billions of dollars while cities are suspending or curtailing basic services.

Source: STLToday

84 thoughts on “East St. Louis Lays Off Roughly One-Third of Police Force”

  1. Jill Bush and the republicans started the wars. The recession started with Bush. I voted for Al Gore.

  2. Swarthmore mom,

    Here is a direct answer. You better believe I’m concerned and more about the hatred of the tea party and other right wing people who are against immigrants in AZ and elsewhere. It is disgusting and I oppose it completely and am trying hard to keep opposing this horrific law and the hatred which underlies it. Now, can you give me a equally direct answer in response to my questions?

    “Why is it impossible to deal with the facts that Glenn Greenwald laid out above and my questions about racism? Here are my questions: “There’s the smooth racism of the well dressed and well heeled who know better than to call a black person a nigger openly, but with the stroke of a pen they wipe out an entire black neighborhood by foreclosing on that neighborhood’s people. I believe these are the people Mr. Obama called, “savvy businessmen”. (I believe he also calls them, “friends” and has dinner at their homes)–just wanted to add that fact.

    If you wage wars on brown people isn’t that being racist? If your economic policies disproportionately effect black and brown people, isn’t that being a racist? If your ICE arrests citizens based on the color of their skin, deports them if they have a mental illness, and keeps some citizens incommunicado for several days, isn’t that being racist? The most dangerous racism isn’t always that which screams the loudest. Look at actions. There lies the truth.”

  3. Damn, is this a Tea Party Revival Party?

    I don’t really wanna know.

    Might as well be a Mainstream Republican Member. You know the one celled Geniuses….why because they all share the same DNA.

    I would not even called a Main Streamed Republican an Idiot Savant…..at least the “IS” can do something correct….

  4. Jill No concern about the war being waged by the republican tea party against black, mexican and muslim americans?

  5. Swarthmore mom,

    Why is it impossible to deal with the facts that Glenn Greenwald laid out above and my questions about racism? Here are my questions: “There’s the smooth racism of the well dressed and well heeled who know better than to call a black person a nigger openly, but with the stroke of a pen they wipe out an entire black neighborhood by foreclosing on that neighborhood’s people. I believe these are the people Mr. Obama called, “savvy businessmen”. (I believe he also calls them, “friends” and has dinner at their homes)–just wanted to add that fact.

    If you wage wars on brown people isn’t that being racist? If your economic policies disproportionately effect black and brown people, isn’t that being a racist? If your ICE arrests citizens based on the color of their skin, deports them if they have a mental illness, and keeps some citizens incommunicado for several days, isn’t that being racist? The most dangerous racism isn’t always that which screams the loudest. Look at actions. There lies the truth.”

  6. Jill Are you joking? You have even misrepresented my religious views on this blog. Let’s forget it. You are one tea party sympathizer I don’t need to have a discussion with, but i will continue to point out the facts when the spin gets overwhelming, i.e. Nancy Pelosi is a member of the “Family”.

  7. Swarthmore mom
    1, August 2, 2010 at 11:02 am
    Last time 32 democrats vote against the Afghan war. This time 102 voted against the spending. The tide is turning among the democrats. Virtually all republicans voted for the funding. The bill would not have passed unless the republicans voted for it.

    ==============================================================

    It’s a slo-mo process, to quote Frank Rich (I think it was him, if not I beg the forgiveness of whomever)

    Swarthmore mom, If you haven’t already, read Frank Rich’s column in the Sunday New York Times, “Kiss This War Goodbye”, please do so … it’s a rational presentation of our current situation here, at home.

  8. Swarthmore mom,

    The discussion I started was a statement that it would be a good idea not to automatically assume people in the tea party movement are racist and that people in the Democratic party are not racist. I thought this had been resolved. Today, I spoke directly to JT’s new topic by pointing out that Democrats went against their own word and voted for funding our wars as a supplemental while our cities and people’s lives disintegrate. There is nothing untrue about this statement. It shocks my conscience and I would hope it would shock most people’s conscience because it is a great evil.

    You then brought up the tea party racists and I pointed out that there are other forms of racism. The difference in our arguments has been that 1. I have never misrepresented what you said and 2. I directly answer what you put forward for consideration.

  9. You started this discussion weeks ago when you accused me of being unfair to my tea party member neighbors. If I have tea party member neighbors and I am sure I do, I am staying out of their way. My favorite neighbor is a Hindu woman doctor who had two Obama signs in her yard.

  10. Here is a quote from Robert Jay Lifton. He has been interviewed by Bill Moyers: “If one questions the beliefs of the group or the leaders of the group, one is made to feel that there is something inherently wrong with them to even question — it is always “turned around” on them and the questioner/criticizer is questioned rather than the questions answered directly.”

  11. Swathmore Mom how dare you say that to Jill.

    you are wrong about that. Jill is one person who is for truth, no matter where it comes from.

  12. Swarthmore mom,

    I must ask that you not misrepresent my arguments. That is intellectually and morally dishonest of you. I notice that you absolutely refuse to deal with any issue I raise. That is your business, but what is not acceptable is to lie about what I have said. Let’s take your lies one at a time: 1. I have not said to vote for ANY third party candidate. I said we ought to consider voting third party. If a candidate from any party is pro-war, anti economic and environmental justice I would not vote for that person, period. If a candidate refuses to uphold the rule of law and strikes at the heart of our Constitution by refusing to do so, it doesn’t matter what party they are from, one should not vote for them. Any politician who does uphold the rule of law, social, economic, environmental justice, that is who I would vote for, period. I’m not a partisan. I look at actions and take my cues from there. 2. As to “touting” Erik Erickson, I am not endorsing his views and I never did. I brought him up in the context of showing that there is a struggle going on within the tea party movement. Pointing out this information is not endorsing Erik Erickson. If you say FOX news is biased and give an example of FOX news being biased, this doesn’t mean you support FOX news, it means you are proving a point by relaying information. 3. My politics are quite clear. I am anti-war, pro social, economic and environmental justice. It is why I am not a partisan. Too many Democrats eschew any of these things. I have said repeatedly that should a Democratic candidate hold true to these values, I would vote for her or him and would urge others to do the same.

    So if you are going to take the time to make claims about me have the integrity to be accurate and have the integrity to honestly take on my questions and refrain from avoiding them by name calling. Simply pass over my posts or be honest in answering them, but no more lies.

  13. Jill You have encouraged people to vote for ANY third party candidate over the democrats. I could go back and find it but i don’t have time. You have touted Eric Ericson of “red state.” I don’t know what your politics are other than you are anti- democrat every bit as much as bdaman is.

  14. Swarthmore mom,

    I have never claimed nor believed the tea party is the solution to any of our ills. I know I have said this over and over again. I agree with you that the republicans are horrible. They aren’t offering any solution either. Now, instead of misrepresenting what I said and calling me a name such as a “purist” because I believe Democrats should do what they said they would do ( as documented in the post by Glenn Greenwald above) I am asking you to address the questions I asked about racism above. I will repeat them:

    There’s the smooth racism of the well dressed and well heeled who know better than to call a black person a nigger openly, but with the stroke of a pen they wipe out an entire black neighborhood by foreclosing on that neighborhood’s people. I believe these are the people Mr. Obama called, “savvy businessmen”. (I believe he also calls them, “friends” and has dinner at their homes)–just wanted to add that fact.

    If you wage wars on brown people isn’t that being racist? If your economic policies disproportionately effect black and brown people, isn’t that being a racist? If your ICE arrests citizens based on the color of their skin, deports them if they have a mental illness, and keeps some citizens incommunicado for several days, isn’t that being racist? The most dangerous racism isn’t always that which screams the loudest. Look at actions. There lies the truth.

  15. Elaine M.,

    I am all too familiar with that case. I did some work on another one, where a person was suspect of killing a family member and kept stone silent. They did not invoke any right what so ever. But when asked where they would have buried a body so that it was placed correctly, a “tear” came from there eye and this was used to convict them.

    The person did not say a thing. The court held that the “tear” could be used and not a violation of the Miranda warning. The person never asked for an attorney in any way what so ever. I thought it was a faulty ruling….but hey, what am I to say.

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