St. Louis Files Court Challenge Against Legislature’s Expansion of Police Rights | Law and order
ST. LOUIS – City officials on Friday launched a court challenge to a new state law that spells out and expands the rights of police officers across Missouri when faced with internal investigations.
The city’s lawsuit complains that the measure, passed by the legislature in May, forces St. Louis to treat its police officers differently from all other public service employees “without a rational basis.”
The lawsuit, which the office of Mayor Tishaura O. Jones said was filed in Cole County Circuit Court in Jefferson City, also attacks a provision that the lawsuit says requires the city to defend officers for them. measures taken during moonlighting as security personnel for private companies.
According to the city, this violates a state constitutional provision prohibiting the use of public funds for private purposes.
The lawsuit also calls for a judge to overturn the law because it assigns the city more tasks and costs to investigate and defend the agents without providing money to the state to pay them.
The law “is an unfunded tenure that violates the equal protection guaranteed by law,” Mayor’s spokesman Nick Dunne said in a statement.
In addition, the prosecution complains that the bill is unconstitutional because it also contains legislative changes on various matters unrelated to its stated objective of public safety.