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. The turnout was very very light in Missouri. It does not mean much. Obama’s poll numbers might be down, but last night Chris Matthews said “the most dangerous words in the English language are President Palin”. He then went on to she how she could get the republican nomination by being the only christian woman in the field. What’s happened to your guy Rubio in Florida bdaman?

  2. It’s obvious all across the country that the president has gone from hero to zero, well not quite, approval numbers are in the low forties, but hey from 69% to what it is, it might as well be zero, he definitely aint no hero, that’s for sure.

  3. Speaking of St. Louis, The Show me State shows the “O” the door.

    ST. LOUIS • Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama’s administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn the controversial health care law passed by Congress in March.

    “The citizens of the Show-Me State don’t want Washington involved in their health care decisions,” said Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, one of the sponsors of the legislation that put Proposition C on the August ballot. She credited a grass-roots campaign involving Tea Party and patriot groups with building support for the anti-Washington proposition.

    With most of the vote counted, Proposition C was winning by a ratio of nearly 3 to 1. The measure, which seeks to exempt Missouri from the insurance mandate in the new health care law, includes a provision that would change how insurance companies that go out of business in Missouri liquidate their assets.

    “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Cunningham said at a campaign gathering at a private home in Town and Country. “Citizens wanted their voices to be heard.”


  4. tomdarch,

    I believe it and it makes me sick to my stomach … republicans do love their torture techniques especially if it suppresses the vote. It is practices such as these, which I’m certain they call political strategies, that confirms, for me, their individual and en masse lack of humanity.

  5. Sorry to be “off topic”, but about East St. Louis…

    When I did some work there supporting a local community development organization in the early 90s, there were only 3 or 4 functioning police cars, and only one of them had a working radio… At the time, ESL was one of the municipalities with the highest per capita murder rates in the US. Without a functioning police department, it was supposedly a popular place to dump bodies from the surrounding areas.

    The underlying story of ESL was that it was the “worst case scenario” for post-war white flight. It’s as if you sliced out one of the worst hit parts of Detroit and isolated it. ESL went from a population peak of about 82,000 down to 29,000, and lost all of it’s non-residential property tax base. Even the regional stockyards were cleaved off into a new, separate municipality so that ESL couldn’t get tax revenue from it.

    Given that Sen. Durbin was born in and grew up in ESL, it would be nice if he could do more… At least he’s trying, but it’s being filibustered by the Republicans so that the economy and government services will be as bad as possible come November. Yes, it really is that simple.

  6. Jill You are no victim here. I will identify my tea party neighbors when the the Pete Sessions lawn signs go up in the fall. That’s a deal.

  7. There is a saying about killing the messenger for a reason, that is the most common response when a person brings up truths that are difficult for people to grapple with. That is what is happening here with the many personal attacks. Instead of trying to kill the messenger, try thinking about the truth.

  8. Swarthmore mom,

    I thought Mike S., Buddha and some others were rather sexist male pigs. I suppose if you change your gender you could fit in that club as well…..At least we know your Catholic and not a Christ Killer, the Catholic’s may have slain a few Jews, but hey who is counting them anyway. You know. Just because some in my family last name ends in berg and halter does not mean that they are not capable of killing each other. Hell, I am sure a few wish that the others would do each other so they could sit and count the money that they will get.

    I had an aunt that screwed everyone and left it all to charity and kept a life estate until she died. Some in my family actually sued her for doing that….while she was alive….

  9. We also defended Mike Spindell when he was attacked by bdaman and Jill.

  10. Swarthmore mom,

    When you start inserting recipes I will worry about you to. For now I am sure you can hold your own as the tide doth shift…..Buddha has more nemesis than enemy’s I suppose, but then again, how can you argue with a Green Leprechaun…. or is that a Buddha…..

  11. AY Most people are new to this blog. They don’t even know Patty or the GWU Law mom or the others that were driven off. You and I joined against Patty. I don’t stay up all night and I quit drinking along time ago so I can’t fill those shoes. I am neither an attorney nor a doctor as Patty was just a self educated know it all.lol P.S. Patty had some good recipes.

  12. Blouise,

    Yes, I read them….lol


    Swarthmore mom,

    Are you the new patty angering the other one? You know there is only room for one Alpha…you copy?

  13. Again you are using personal attack to dodge honest questions. If you cannot or will not give an honest response then please refrain from using a personal attack to distract from your own lack of answers. In each case I have honestly addressed the issues you laid before me. That is all I am asking from you. If you simply unable or unwilling to address the issues that Glen Greenwald and I bring up then just say so. But please leave out person attacks.


  14. That’s not an answer to my questions. Here are my questions: P.S. I voted Gore also.

    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.”

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