Hancock & Kelley: Parson takes on Post-Dispatch and search for new St. Louis police chief


ST. LOUIS – Elliott Davis welcomes John Hancock and Michael Kelley to discuss the following issues this week:

In an astonishing development, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is going to the city’s big daily, the St. Louis Post-Expedition.

A journalist from the Post-shipment discovered an information security flaw on a website operated by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education (DESE). The newspaper was able to gain access to personal information that could have been viewed by the public and, presumably, by bad actors.

The newspaper even alerted the state to the problem before publishing the story.

That did not stop the governor from lambasting the newspaper and saying he was firing the newspaper and its journalists for prosecution.

Perhaps one of the biggest events of the week was the sudden sacking of Cardinals manager Mike Shildt.

Shildt, 53, spent three and a half seasons as the club’s manager. He had worked for the organization since 2004 in various capacities and was promoted to director in 2018.

The Cardinals were just coming off a franchise-record 17-game winning streak and qualifying for the playoffs, but the team failed in the NL Wild Card game. The reason for the dismissal? “Philosophical differences,” according to team chairman John Mozeliak, who said the front office had determined that the conflicting views could not be fixed.

Crime is certainly one of the biggest problems in Saint-Louis right now. Police Chief John Hayden resigns and retires at a time of too many murders.

The search for a new leader is launched.

Hayden presided over a time when murders were skyrocketing in the city and he couldn’t figure out how to bring those numbers down.

While crime is somewhat on the decline in the city now, authorities admit it is still far too high. Chaos sometimes seems to engulf the city.

And then there’s the issue of a high number of officers leaving the police department, likely due to what appears to be lukewarm support for the police from other city officials.

It is in this context that the city must find a new leader.

A controversial move by President Joe Biden, which he says will reduce COVID cases. His administration is forcing private companies with 100 or more employees to vaccinate their staff against COVID-19. Those who are not vaccinated must agree to be tested regularly or be made redundant.


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