Layoffs to gut East St. Louis police forceGang activity. Drug dealing. Cold-blooded killing. Tracy worries that a decision to shrink the police force by almost 30 percent will bring more of everything.
The pastor voiced his concern on Friday at a raucous special City Council meeting at which East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks announced that the city will layoff 37 employees, including 19 of its 62 police officers, 11 firefighters, four public works employees, and three administrators. The layoffs take effect on Sunday.
East St. Louis is a high-crime city to begin with. laying off 1/3 of the police force is the last thing they need. I notice they only got rid of three administrators.