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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's Not About "Local Control", It's About Those Who Want "Control"

There has been a hot button issue brewing in the City of St. Louis lately over who should control the St. Louis Police, The City or the State of Missouri.

The proponents of Local Control claim that the taxpayers that pay for the Police should control the Police.

While those against Local Control say that with the City of St. Louis run by just Democrats, with a majority Democratic voting base, the City Police would just become another arm of the Democratic party.

While I am a strong proponent of control as close to local as possible, there is an issue I find disturbing enough to be against local control in St. Louis.

That issue is the Character of one who supports local control.

In 2008 a House Bill HB2117 was introduced into the Missouri State Legislature that would allow St. Louis local control of the Police Department without intervention from the state. This Bill was sponsored by a Man named Talibdin El-Amin(Pictured Above) and co-sponsored by Rodney Hubbard.

Talibdin El-Amin is a:

"Democrat that represents part of St. Louis City (District 57) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to the House in November 2006. Rep. El-Amin works in real estate and previously worked for over 12 years as an assembler at the Hazelwood Ford Motor Plant.

In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. El-Amin is a member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Al-Muminun Islamic Center in St. Louis.

Rep. El-Amin is a 1988 graduate of Pattonville Senior High School in Maryland Heights, Missouri. He will graduate in December 2007 from Harris-Stowe State University with a degree in Urban Education.

Rep. El-Amin was born on December 17, 1970 in St. Louis, Mo, where he currently resides with his wife, Yaphett El-Amin. They have five children: Brooklynn, Mark, Myles, Hasan and Ruqaiyah."

Below is a Video of State Senator Maida Coleman, State Reps Talibdin El-Amin, Rodney Hubbard, Jeanette Mott Oxford, Aldermen Terry Kennedy, Jeffrey Boyd, and Frank Williamson at a Press Conference supporting HB2117:

Looks innocent enough right? So whats the problem?

Well Mr.Talibdin El-Amin, according to the Riverfront Times, was convicted of accepting bribes in 2009:

"El-Amin promised to help a gas station owner in north city avoid a costly rash of citations, court summons and inspections by city agencies in exchange for cash payments totaling $2,100.

Keep in mind, El-Amin was a state official.

The gas station owner initially solicited his help because he believed his unnamed city alderman was having him punished with the various citations for not having made campaign contributions "and because of another incident," court documents say.

El-Amin offered to intervene, or, as he put it, "take these clouds off [gas station owner's] head" -- for cash money.

"They know me, they know I'm sincere, they know that I work hard, they know that I go out and I protect people, and if they think that I'm involved, if they know that I'm involved, then I think it's going to send a message...." El-Amin said, according to to the court filing.

Apparently concerned his offices were "bugged," El-Amin then proceeded to pen his dollar demands in handwritten notes to the constituent.

In subsequent meetings, El-Amin told his constituent he would have the problems taken care of through an unnamed "city department head."

According to the court document, El-Amin wanted to have something to offer the city official for his efforts: "Now, what I'd like to do is be able to say, for Father's Day, here's a Grand.... I want to be able to close this myself. I don't want you to be involved, it's all on me, so if it ever comes back, he can't say you gave me this for that."

While that is disturbing enough, Mr. El Amin is connected to a Radical Islamic Racist Organization. According to the website, Muslim Media Network, Mr. El-Amin attends the Al-Muminun Islamic Center in St. Louis. According to the Al-Muminun website:

"Al-Mu'Minun Islamic Center originally had the name Muhammad's Mosque #28. It was founded in 1957 as a Mosque under the leadership of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam."

The Nation of Islam believes, according to Beliefnet.com:

"The Nation of Islam's declared aim is the raising of the moral, social, and economic standing of non-whites. This has included the vilification of the dominant group, white Caucasians, even to the point of calling whites the personification of evil and maintaining that the white race is an aberration, the human race having originally been black. Therefore, according to this theory, blacks must pursue separate development. By turning racist ideas around to oppose whites, the movement has attracted many adherents and has had particularly good success in converting prisoners, criminals, and drug users. Black Muslims have financed the construction of mosques, schools, apartment complexes, stores, and farms."

Mr. El-Amin may be only one example of a Corrupt Politician with Radical Connections. But I think it's enough reason to put the brakes on the idea of "Local" control.

While We Kick over a few more Rocks and See Who Crawls Out.



Anonymous said...

My God. Thanks for posting this...get in onto local and national news!


Zotta's Perspective said...

Good Post Patch. Carl Bearden, who is a lobbyist for Rex Sinquefield, a billionaire who wants local control, was concerned about corruption and noted the Bommarito resignation from Police Board for helping his nephew with a DWI arrest. Bearden claims he is concerned about corruption and I pointed out to him by using his logic there is the possibility of more corruption because there are 28 Alderman plus other influential people, whereas the Police Board consists of 5. Rex Sinquefield contributed heavily to Speaker of the MO House Steve Tilley as well as Lt. Governor Peter Kinder who now support local control. Is Rex Sinquefield buying influence? Does anyone find this type of behavior troubling? I do. The bottom line is the issue of local control of the SLPD is the Police Pension Fund. The City needs the money and they want the ability to raid the Police Pension Fund. The first step to accomplish that is to get local control of the SLPD.

Lisa said...

Thanks, reposted to FaceBook!