by Mike Ferguson
(St. Charles, MO) – What started in Ferguson ignited protests, violence and debate across America in 2014. Activists, politicians, media pundits and social media have had (and continue to have) their say about the state of law enforcement in our state. Now, we hear from the law enforcement community through a discussion with Sgt. Kevin Ahlbrand who is the President of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police.
He answers some of the criticisms of police in recent months including claims from protesters and even, to some degree, President Obama, that law enforcement has become to “militarized”. Ahlbrand also explains why he believes police are in favor of some of the government reforms promoted in the recent legislative session that limit how much money a city can collect in revenue from traffic tickets.
Ahlbrand offers his thoughts on what can be done to restore positive relationships between police and communities affected by the recent violence and protests as well.
Also, Dave Roland, an attorney who represents Show Me Cannabis, explains why lawsuits are being filed against drug task forces across the state. The activist group is accusing some of the task forces in Missouri – comprised of officers, detectives and resources from multiple agencies – often violate the state’s Sunshine Law.
On the web:
Missouri Fraternal Order of Police: www.mofop.org
Show Me Cannabis: show-mecannabis.com