By. Chris Stritzel
As many people probably know, Building St. Louis was in favor of Proposition P going into today's election. We personally thought it was going to fail. It clearly did not fail. So after the historic victory tonight over the passage of Prop P, Twitter became a very large platform for people to voice their opposition to the 60-40 final tally at the end of the night. While many people, including the Mayor, voiced their support for Prop P and celebrate the victory, many others are loathing. Many people are stating that they are "let down" or "40% of the people if St. Louis hate the cops to the core".
Bassem Masri, a reporter, tweeted out his fierce opposition to the vote by making it clear that the cops "will have to work for their raise".
Because Mr. Masri could not handle the loss that he had tonight, he claims, and clearly jokingly, that the City was recording dead people as voting in favor of Proposition P. An outrageous claim that is also comical. Here are some other tweets expressing anger after tonight's vote. Those include supposed "intimidation" by police when they are just doing their jobs and more conspiracy theories bigger than Alex Jones on Gay Frogs. It is just ridiculous talk and all false.
Let me make something clear before the next tweet. It is not a "fuck you" to the Ferguson report as the PEOPLE voted democratically in favor of a police department raise. NO WHERE in the Ferguson report does it say that people can't decide what happens to Police Departments. Also, how dare you alienate people who live within the City Limits for voting in favor of Prop P as well as our counterparts in the county. Are they not citizens who have the right to vote? Should they not have voted? Plus, you don't even know what Wards went in favor of the Proposition (I can tell form your tweet that you were hinting at the South Side). So how dare you assume.
Also, it isn't white supremacy that won tonight. What was won was law abiding, safer city advocates who want change. Your attitude needs to change SIR.
Calls for an Audit
After the results, and during, people are calling for an Audit of the City to see where the Prop S money from 2008 went that as supposed to pay for pay increases then. While it is a good idea, and should still be done, there is far more than just that money that has gone somewhere. St. Louis ahs a corruption problem and our money is being thrown places that the public never sees. And while the passage of Prop P his evening is great, we need an audit to slowly start reducing taxes in the city.
Prop P is a temporary fix. Until the wasted money is found, taxes will have to remain high. We must also stop handing out incentives and tax breaks to developers as it weakens our tax base. Stores though are causing numerous people problems. What many people need to understand is that no stores or businesses will close from this tax increase f they are stable. It just won't happen. We have tourism and other things to keep business alive. if anything, the minimum wage increase earlier this year would've spelled out doom to many businesses if it were kept in place. As I said earlier, this will have to be a temporary fix until the wasted money can be found.
Conclusion: Are we ok?
Yes we are. We have a lot of work to do to heal our broken city. Clearly people are pissed at the results. That's understandable. Do we have to blame the entire police department for the issue? No. There are good cops and bad cops. Bad cops are the minority here so bitching about the entire police department is not right. We need the cops to work closely with their community to earn their trust back while also enforcing the law to the fullest extent. It is their job you know. Do know, Prop P is not just abut the Police, it is also about our Fire Fighters.
Regardless of what anyone thinks, officers deserve our respect. Fire Fighters especially deserve respect as they are separate from the Police Department. The money from this should be included in Police Officers and Fire Fighters pay checks next year.